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Instagram let a marketing company scrape users' location data because of course it did

Jack Morse

Speaking at the 2019 F8 developers' conference, Mark Zuckerberg assured the gathered crowd that "the future is private." Apparently, he forgot to pass that message along to Facebook-owned Instagram. 

According to Business Insider, "lax oversight" at the social media service permitted San Francisco-based marketing company HYP3R to scrape location data on millions of Instagram users in violation of the app's rules. Notably, Instagram only did something about this after Business Insider flagged the abuse. 

"HYP3R's actions were not sanctioned and violate our policies," an Instagram spokesperson told the publication. "As a result, we've removed them from our platform."  Read more...

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