No matter if a father signs up or a jealous friend watches over his ex, the stalkers will adjust. There are several applications that allow this kind of behavior, and Like Patrol is one of them.
The application collects Instagram data so that users can track who their goals interact with. However, according to CNET, Instagram has sent an injunction for breaching the scraping rules, which hopefully will prevent Like Patrol from collecting data and forcing the editor to close the application.
Like Patrol was launched in July for iOS with a subscription price of $ 2.99 per week or $ 80 per year. The founder of the application, Sergio Luis Quintero, states that less than 300 people are currently subscribed.
Like Patrol sends notifications to users when they like their goals or comment on an Instagram post, and analyze who they interact with, such as: Gender and even attractiveness. Originally, Like Patrol was referring to data from the scary “Next” tab on Instagram that showed who a user was interacting with, their conversations, and more.
When Instagram turned off the “Following” tab, Like Patrol developed its own scraping algorithms to track interactions.
“Scraping violates our policies and we are targeting companies that we believe are participating,” said a Facebook spokesperson (who owns Instagram) to CNET. The company is also reviewing other Like Patrol developer applications that may violate the development guidelines.
People who are molested in social networks are so common that it has become a cliché. On the one hand, users have to accept that everything they publish should be considered open. On the other hand, social media companies should do more to curb stalkers and limit the characteristics that allow creepy behavior. Instagram opposite the Like Patrol editor is a step in the right direction.
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