By: Messiah Williams
An Instagram ad is making the rounds online claiming that a new Instagram update will allow other users to “find your exact location” through this feature called “Exact Location.”
This meme also states that this feature “is being used by individuals to target people to commit crimes including theft, stalking, etc.” This meme encouraged users to turn off this new feature on their iPhone or Android. But does this phenomenon really do what this meme suggests?
Instagram took it to Twitter when they saw the viral post, to make the atmosphere even better. “Please be clear, we do not share your location with others. Like other social media companies, we use real-time for things like location tags and map features,” the company said in a tweet last week. They also explained how where no new feature was revealed with the latest iOS update, and it has been since iOS 14 in 2020. And applications like Snapchat and Twitter use the feature for location tags.
Although Instagram does not provide your exact location to criminals, it is required by law to provide all location data to the authorities in the event of a crime. The feature will have the power to get your exact location, but only if you make an announcement.