You don't need to watch Black Mirror to know that the internet is creepy. We're always being watched and downloaded and tracked. It's as much a part of our life as eating and sleeping. But it still seems that apps and the internet can take us by surprise.
For instance...Instagram has started rolling out a new "activity" feature that lets people know the last time you were on the app. In other words, OUR CREEPING IS EXPOSED TO EVERYONE.
You might not even be aware that this feature started happening.
omg instagram now tells you who is active and when they were last active. can we just stop making things so freaking stalker friendly...EEK— cat (@cat)1516262215.0
Yeah, we're not thrilled about it.And neither is most of the internet! Thank the good lord above for Twitter and how we can band together, fighting back against the man!
You see, a lot of people are not happy.
LOL NO INSTAGRAM HAS ADDED AN ACTIVE THING? Pls no instagram is my safe place where nobody needs to know im active— AshleyMarie 🇬🇧🇨🇾 (@AshleyMarie 🇬🇧🇨🇾)1516247539.0
But rejoice! It's really easy to turn off the feature.
Instagram has a NEW ‘Show Activity Status’ feature h/t @KenSchillinger https://t.co/9rgs5wbRUb— Matt Navarra (@Matt Navarra)1516256728.0
In order to turn off the feature, all you have to do is go to your settings, scroll down to the "show activity status" and toggle it off.
Instagram Adds New Feature Showing When You Were Last Active https://t.co/xvhR9gQzMs by @julipuli https://t.co/nXS2ZVaS1P— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors.com)1516302749.0
Well, probably because Facebook has had the same thing for awhile.
To turn off the new #Instagram “last online” feature: https://t.co/tZiI8rhBAY— Sara Tasker (@Sara Tasker)1516309556.0
Okay, but here's the good news.
Instagram Testing Feature That Lets You See When a User Was Last Active https://t.co/uh4ROZDvoH— Gadgets 360 (@Gadgets 360)1516260311.0
Your activity will only be visible to people who you direct message and follow.So there's some privacy for you! Even if your account is public, don't worry. If someone who doesn't follow you sends a message, they can't see your activity.
BUT STILL! THIS IS TOO MUCH!And people on the internet are not happy. Hey, at least we can all band together and whine about it on Twitter!
At least it's a super easy feature to turn off.
Go to your IG settings and turn this off IMMEDIATELY! (after spying on your friends first lol) https://t.co/mHoGSIks0M— Kat Fisher (@Kat Fisher)1516307667.0