Instagram privacy — All you need to know

Using Instagram is entertaining but privacy is something that matters too
An undated image of Instagram home page displayed on a phone. — Pixabay
An undated image of Instagram home page displayed on a phone. — Pixabay

Meta-owned app, Instagram, is a dominant platform for sharing pictures, reels and videos worldwide, however, it raises many privacy concerns as well. Gadinsider is here to help you understand the privacy issues on Instagram, including what you need to do and what not.

The app has two major privacy options, a public account and a private. When you select your account’s privacy as public, everybody on Instagram can follow and see your updates, however, when your account is private then you will get a follow request from a person who wants to follow you and can see your posts if you accept it.

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Your Instagram posts and reels can be shared by other users on their stories unless you disable the feature of sharing. For stories, you can choose the audience to which you want to show your updates as there are two options for showing your story, ‘Friends’ or ‘Close Friends’.

You can make a list of your close friends and then select the ‘Close Friends’ button when posting a story.

Additionally, live videos on Instagram disappear automatically when ended, however, you can save it on your profile page. Direct messages from a user who is not in your list will appear as a request in your inbox.

There is also an option of disappearing messages by which you can set the limit of your message to view, whether to view once or disappear in 24 hours. Moreover, you will get a notification if your friend saves or takes a screenshot of that message.