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Instagram Stalkers - Instagram Is YOUR STALKER!

They have updated their user agreement and they are basically tracking everything you do. They have access to your batter level, other apps you use, WiFi, etc.

I deleted my Instagram app on my phone a few weeks ago because I was so sick of them showing ads for things that I did outside of Instagram. I started keeping track. I have a list of about 20 times they stalked my phone usage, here are a few: -Google searches from my laptop (like "Target") resulted in Instagram ads for Target the next day

-I used voice-to-text on my phone for IHOP and an hour later Instagram had an ad for IHOP.

-I had a phone calendar reminder with a link for Einstein Bros Bagels...a few hours later Instagram showed an ad for it.

-I sent Delta an online complaint and they emailed me. The next day, Instagram had a Delta ad.

-I use DraftKings app on my phone...Instagram had an ad.

-I ate crackers while watching TV...an hour later there was an ad for Wheat Thins. WTF - are they listening all the time?

-I texted a co-worker if they wanted KFC...Instagram showed ad for KFC.

Twitter does it, too. I opened a Word document on my laptop that included "Macy's" ...5 minutes later Twitter showed a Macy's ad on my phone.

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by Anonymousreply 1311/20/2020

Paranoia will destroy ya.

by Anonymousreply 111/20/2020

This is disgraceful and deeply concerning. Who still eats at IHOP?

by Anonymousreply 211/20/2020

I was shopping online for a Schonbek crystal chandelier with Swarovski crystals and now CONSTANTLY get ads for chandeliers from Lamps Plus. Some of them even slip through Adblock Plus. I feel violated!

by Anonymousreply 311/20/2020

A guy once approached me in a bar. He worked in the store where I’d get my resume copied, when we used paper. He said he and the girl that worked there would fight over who would wait on me. He said he knew where I lived, my car, and my dog. I wasn’t bothered, except for the dog part, as he liked his privacy. Never saw him again.

by Anonymousreply 411/20/2020

"Cheryl, you wait on the guy, he's such a pain to deal with."

"No Frank, it's your turn, I had him the last two times and he's such a whiner and he smells like Tanqueray."

by Anonymousreply 511/20/2020

Facebook owns Instagram. You really shouldn't be shocked by all this, OP. I started noticing getting served ads on IG, based on things I've searched or even spoke about while having my phone on me, at least a year ago.

by Anonymousreply 611/20/2020

Glad I’m not on social media.

by Anonymousreply 711/20/2020

I think the use of personalized ads is rather humorous. I always get a chuckle when I see what they've caught next.

by Anonymousreply 811/20/2020

I get non-stop ads for life coaches. Who knew there were so many of the fuckers?

by Anonymousreply 911/20/2020

I see that IG is now FORCING people to create an account now even to just browse! I used to like reading certain celebs IG posts but have no desire to create an account for myself so I guess I’m done with even reading IG because I don’t want an account just to view celeb posts.

by Anonymousreply 1011/20/2020

Last night I watched a video on YouTube and minutes later an ad related to the subject appeared on my Roku. The tech companies’ algorithms are able to determine that you are the same person across multiple platforms.

by Anonymousreply 1111/20/2020

R11 my understanding is that only happens if you stay logged into your Gmail. Basically all of your devices are synced.

by Anonymousreply 1211/20/2020

I've never seen an ad on Instagram. I see the little counter on the uBlock origin icon counting away, so I guess I don't know what I'm missing.

by Anonymousreply 1311/20/2020
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