Instagram is set to shut down a third-party stalking app called Like Patrol over its violation of social network rules.
The app makes it possible for its users to obtain information from Instagram about the activity of other users and the Facebook-owned company has sent a cease and desist order to the app in the hopes of stopping Like Patrol’s ability to collect data and to force the publisher to shut down the app.
Scraping violates our policies, and we take action against companies who we find to be engaging in it. Like Patrol was scraping people’s data, so we are taking appropriate enforcement action against them.Facebook spokesperson – gadgets.ndtv.com
Instagram had on October ended its own ‘Following’ tab that allowed people to view what posts and accounts their friends were communicating with. The company has also brought out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that gives users the ability to stop bullies through offensive posts or abusive comments.