FACEBOOK stalking just got a lot more dangerous after the social media giant introduced a new feature.
The site has updated its iOS app to let users like a photo by double-tapping on it.
2 Facebook has updated its iOS app to let users like a photo by double-tapping on it
This action previously allowed Facebook users to zoom-in on photos.
Social media users have been quick to point out this new update could land Facebook stalkers in a lot of trouble if they’re not careful.
Matt Navarra, a social media expert, spotted the feature and tweeted a screenshot the new update.
He wrote: “New! Facebook now let’s you double-tap a post to Like it on iOS.”
“Oh no. I do that to zoom in when I’m in full-on stalker mode. I am doomed,” a Twitter user wrote in response to Navarra’s tweet.
Another user agreed, adding: “My first thought, too.”
But others welcomed the update, saying they had been trying to like by double tapping for a while after frequently doing so on Instagram.
Otger Perich tweeted: “It was about time! I’ve been tapping pics of FB and feeling very stupid for a while now!”
Mary-Irene Mare added: “Finally. I’ve been doing this for ages -and then like oh yeah that doesn’t work here.”
It is yet another example of the way Facebook and Instagram have been sharing features.
Facebook purchased Instagram for about $1billion in 2012 and since then the photo-sharing app and its parent company have become increasingly similar.
In March 2017, Facebook rolled out Stories – a direct copy of Instagram Stories, which in turn was inspired by Snapchat stories.
Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp chats are also going to merge, with a deadline of early 2020.
The buddy-up involves “thousands of Facebook employees” re-designing all three apps “at their most basic levels”.
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Facebook Messenger, along with Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram, will still exist as standalone apps.
But messaging functionality would be shared across them, so users on Instagram could text people on WhatsApp.
2 Facebook purchased Instagram for about $1billion in 2012Credit: AFP or licensors