Social Media, the Internet, and Monitoring

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Most people do not want to have their information tracked by anyone; however, in the age of the internet, this is what happens. Over the past few years, the world of social media has changed significantly. Now, most people have platforms on more than one platform. Some of the most popular social media platforms out there include Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. Recently, there has been a rise in the popularity of a platform used to share videos known as TikTok. This has sparked its own concerns. Many of these concerns have arisen out of the wake of numerous concerns related to data tracking and social media. Social media plays a critical role in the world of internet monitoring. There are a few key points that everyone should keep in mind.

First, some social media platforms track the locations from which messages are sent. For example, if someone were to use Facebook to send a message to someone, it is possible that the platform might track where this message was sent. There is a Google Chrome extension known as Marauder’s Map which an Alabama private investigator is going to be familiar with. This extension can be used to provide some interesting information that is downloaded from the messaging app on the popular social media platform. Yes, this app was based on a key item in the world of Harry Potter. This extension can be used to map out a person’s location based on the data from the app.

Next, some people might be surprised to hear that Instagram will track the locations of photos even when people don’t geotag them. This is important information that might be used to help them in a case. This app collects a tremendous amount of information from its users. Yes, when someone posts a picture on Instagram, they can add a location if they desire; however, some people don’t want to share their location on each image they post on Instagram. Regardless, Instagram might decide to add something called a geotag anyways. If someone wants to remove this feature from Instagram, they basically need to opt-out through their settings. Some people might be posting images from home or work which are locations that someone could use to find them.

Finally, a lesser-known app known as Swarm may broadcast someone’s location even if they check-in. This is the app that people who use Foursquare may use to check-in. There is a feature known as neighborhood sharing that someone might not even know about. This can pin someone’s location down to the cross streets with the click of a button. People who do no want their location broadcast to the world will need to make sure that they turn this feature off through the app. These are only a few of the many ways that social media can track someone’s information.