Removal of “Like Patrol” by Apple – A step to ensure zero stalking on Instagram


Apple has taken a major step by removing a popular app called “Like Patrol” in order to curb stalking by users on Instagram. The app was being misused by many for stalking and became a big headache for some Instagram users. People started scraping information about many other users’ activities. This move by Apple will restrict such nuisance and is a big relief for users who were being stalked.

The app was removed after Instagram delivered a “cease-and-desist” letter to the developers of the app. The letter was sent for policies violation and for data collection, reported by CNET.

“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,” said Facebook spokesperson.

What is Like Patrol?

Like Patrol is a paid app and users are charged $80 for the same. Notification is sent to the users in case people they are following likes their post or writes a comment. You are even informed with who all you are interacting the most. The data for the users is categorized on the basis of the gender and even highlights the attractive profiles when they like any of their posts.

The founder of Like Patrol, Sergio Luis Quintero, was quoted as telling that they are going to leave no stone unturned to get the app back on the App Store. On the other hand, Apple claimed that the app violated the guidelines.


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The winner of Mr. Pune 2009 Pageant, Mr. Shreyas Tanna is currently the young, dashing, and dynamic CEO of a market research company called Research N Reports in Pune. Fondly known as RNR, the company specializes in market research as well as industry analysis, and is closely associated with its parent company Absolute Markets Insights (AMI). Mr. Shreyas Tanna began his corporate journey as the Head of Corporate sales & PR at RED Entertainment while pursuing his degree for MMS (Marketing) from the MGM College of Management, Mumbai. After accomplishing the tedious task of balancing his work and education, he further polished his skills in Corporate Sales, Public Relations, Channel Development, Global Client Engagement, Strategic Consulting, and Brand Development by working with HDFC Life and ResearchMoz Global Pvt. Ltd. His dedication towards his work has even won him accolades such as the National Level Performer 2013 – HDFC Life and Mr. ResearchMoz 2015. A disciplined individual with a loving heart, he is often seen taking crisp walks with an engrossed look and a gentle smile within the premises of his company to interact with the various departments. And he will be usually followed by an adorable trail of his beloved trio of Shih Tzu babies proudly known as Gucci, Drake, and Paris. The most enticing thing that you will notice about this content and proud pet parent is his infectious positivity and the firm belief in his eyes, a reflection of his favorite quote, “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!”

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