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Viral post claims stalkers, criminals can get your exact location from Instagram; app denies report : The Tribune India


Tribune web desk

Chandigarh, August 27

There are social media rumors claiming that a recent iOS or Instagram update will activate “Precise Location” on users’ phones, leaving you vulnerable to stalkers and criminals.

The claim was made by an influencer marketing company on Instagram.

“Since a new update, people can find your exact location on Instagram and this is being used by individuals to target people to commit crimes including theft, stalking etc (sic),” it said, advising users to figure out their precise location. to keep.

“Like other social media companies, we use accurate location for things like location tags and map features,” the social network tweeted. “People can manage location services through their device settings and tag locations in their posts if they want to share that information.”

However, Instagram has denied the viral post’s claims that using location tags on stories or posts can reveal users’ exact locations.

“To be clear, we don’t share your location with anyone,” Instagram said. The viral post had suggested that due to an Instagram or iOS update, the ‘precise location’ setting could show someone’s exact location to other users.


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