Will Location Data From Instagram Soon Make Its Way Over to Facebook?

A new option in the photo- and video-sharing network’s privacy settings is being tested

Instagram does not currently have a location history setting bigtunaonline/iStock

Instagram appears to be testing a new privacy setting that would enable it to share its users’ location histories with parent company Facebook.

Developer and blogger Jane Manchun Wong shared the tweet below containing a screenshot of the location history feature within Instagram’s privacy settings.

Messenger is also included in the location history section of Instagram’s privacy settings.

An Instagram spokesperson said, “We haven’t introduced updates to our location settings, and Instagram does not have a location history setting. We often work on ideas that may evolve over time or ultimately not be tested or released. We’ll keep people updated with any changes to our location settings in the future.”

Instagram wrote in the “Learn more about location history” section included in Wong’s screenshot: “Location history is a setting that allows Facebook to build a history of precise locations received through location services on your device. When location history is on, Facebook will periodically add your current precise location to your location history, even if you leave the application.”

After reminding users that they can turn off the setting at any time, and that they can delete previously recorded locations from their location histories, Instagram continued, “Location history helps you explore what’s around you, get more relevant ads and helps improve Facebook. Location history must be turned on for some location features to work on Facebook, including Find WiFi and Nearby Friends.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.