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.