fbpx
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on stumbleupon
Share on pinterest
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
like patrol: morally and ethically wrong

Like Patrol: Morally and Ethically Wrong

While social media and technology have brought some truly amazing functions to the table, the rise of using this as an excuse to stalk friends, family, and significant others is not as glamorous. Recently following the removal of Instagram’s Following tab, an app called Like Patrol scraped users’ data without their consent. Because of this, Instagram filed a cease-and-desist letter to Like Patrol. We can assume that the app won’t be around much longer due to its unethical policies.

If you aren’t familiar with the term scraping, it’s when entities extract data from websites. Don’t be a web scraper.

Why It’s Wrong

Like Patrol is basically the Instagram Following tab, “on steroids,” according to the app’s founder Sergio Luis Quintero. No matter who the tracked user on Like Patrol is, the person tracking them has access to their activity on the platform. This includes what pictures they like, as well as what comments they make and which ones they like from other people. On top of that, the tracker has the ability to see who the tracked person’s top fans are, ranked in order from most to least, and even check out who they recently followed. It is a direct violation into an experience that is supposed to be solely their own, and this is why Instagram seeks to shut it down.

The app even claims to have an algorithm that can detect the attractiveness of a person’s photos. The more likes that the tracked person gives the said attractive person, the worse it looks to the tracker. And, yes, that data is quickly sent to the tracker.

Quintero Says…

However, Quintero argues that the information it’s scraping is public information. He also argues that Facebook tracks conversation and picks up data as well, so he sees it as open season. Quintero wants to take this to a more local level with the average boyfriend and girlfriend. The owner of the app announced that fewer than 300 people signed up to use its services. This is an obvious sign that business is not booming.

No matter what happens, we can all agree that using such impressive social media and technology to stalk a significant other is wrong. This is why it’s very likely that Like Patrol will soon no longer exist.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think this app is morally wrong or do you not see anything wrong with? Let us know your thoughts!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe for more

Our Latest Work

Take a peek inside our Wonderworld

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most common questions, along with the complete answers from our social media support experts.

On your LinkedIn profile, there is a button toward the bottom of your profile that says, “Link Facebook.” When you click here, you will be asked for your Facebook information. When you do this, you can easily connect everything together.

On your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile drop down menu in the top right hand corner. Open it and click on “Privacy and Settings.” Directly under “Settings” in the top right hand corner, click on “Manage your Twitter Settings.” This will bring you to another page which invites you to add your Twitter information.

Go to your profile and click “lists.” Create a short description for each list, then add different Twitter accounts. You can decide whether you want them to be public or private.

On your homepage, find groups. In the top right hand corner, there will be a button that says, “create group.” Click on this and make a group and add descriptions and invite people to be a part of it.

Still have questions?

NEED AN EXPERT?

contact us

[contact-form-7 id="2684" html_class="cf7_custom_style_1"]