It was previously known that, Instagram founders have decided to quit the Facebook owned company and now in all probability, Facebook would take much advantage of this opportunity.
As per the latest report, Instagram is presently testing a new feature as a privacy setting which would allow users to share their Location History with Facebook. Precisely, this would enable Facebook to keep a track on the user’s location even when not using Instagram. The usage of this feature ensures that Facebook would send users new ads and content. While some users might be ok with this, others might feel that it’s an intrusion on their privacy.
The other part of the report also adds that the feature was first discovered by tipster Jane Manchun Wong. He initially posted on Twitter that Instagram is testing this new feature called Location History. As per the photo sharing website, this setting, “Allows Facebook Products, including Instagram and Messenger, to build and use a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your device.” Also, this new feature works similarly as the Find Wi-Fi or the nearby friends feature. Instagram further adds, “Facebook will periodically add your current precise location to your Location History even if you leave the app.”
Instagram, as a “Facebook Product”, is testing Facebook Location History in their app.
It allows tracking the history of precise locations from your device, now through instagram app too
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 4, 2018
Also, it seems now that the company is keeping the feature on by default. However, right now it is also not clear that once the feature is live, whether it would allow the users to opt-in or opt out of it as per their choice.
Regarding this issue, and answering the query, one of the spokesperson of Facebook added that, “To confirm, we haven’t introduced updates to our location settings. As you know, we often work on ideas that may evolve over time or ultimately not be tested or released. Instagram does not currently store Location History; we’ll keep people updated with any changes to our location settings in the future.”