News received from the source that Instagram is cracking down on mobile app that permits the users to view the private profiles without their permission
As per the Android Police report, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network has made sure that the app with the name Ghosty violates its terms. So they further mention that it will be sending a cease and desist letter to the app maker “Ordering them to immediately stop their activities on Instagram.”
The Ghosty app available on both iOS and Android and describe itself as a means to “ You can view all the public profiles you want to see including hidden profiles on Instagram.” It will allow the users can download or share videos and photos from Instagram profiles to their own devices.
The matter to become worse, the app violates the Instagram API to make the database of user profiles. It is not only needed you to log in with your Instagram sign credentials but also sending the invitation to your friends, at least one of whom also had to sign up
So in this regard, it will grants access to the other private profiles accounts you follow as well as any other private accounts that may be following you. It will effectively be invading yours and your friend’s privacy.
The Ghosty will not let you peek into a random private profile, as its reach is technically limited by those of its users who have a sign in to the app with their username and passwords of Instagram.
Although the Google Play store has taken down this offending app and a simple Google search shows it that the app will continue available on unofficial third-party apps stores. To search the app on the Apple App store the app highlights its name in the autocomplete suggestions, but this app is no longer available.
After the launching date of the Ghosty app has been downloaded 500,000 times on Smartphone since April. So on the other hand, the iOS version appears to have gone live early October, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower.
When apple removed like patrol from its App store then the development comes after seven days later. So a Stalker app that notifies people about their friend’s activities like—whom they followed or posts they liked recently.
Finally, the fact is that the Ghosty app harvested the user’s account trending serious privacy regard, and it’s surprising the app sneaked past Google and Apple’s vetting mechanisms. This incident underscores for Facebook to need for the scrutinizing third-party app developers more rigorously before to grant them access to its APIs.