Facebook-owned Instagram will soon allow users to download their data, in a bid to promote data privacy, technology news website TechCrunch reported.
A spokesperson from Instagram has confirmed that the photo-sharing platform is developing a data portability tool, similar to the one Facebook offers. What that means is that users will be able to access all of their messages along with any photos or videos they may have uploaded to the platform over the past few years.
The disclosure comes amid global concerns about the privacy of users’ information on social media platforms and the amount of user data that companies keep. For those unaware, despite being in the market for 8 years, the company has never allowed exporting of user data, despite being in the market for 8 years.
“We are building a new data portability tool,” an Instagram spokesman informed Reuters via email. The tool will allow users to download data including their photos, videos and messages, he noted. While Facebook has had a data portability tool for quite a few years now, it’s always been curious why the social media giant didn't roll out a similar tool for Instagram.
Instagram’s data portability tool will make third-party apps like InstaPort that export data redundant, and will help the company to comply with upcoming European privacy laws that require data portability if launched before May 25. However, the image sharing platform which has 800 million users worldwide, did not specify the launch date for the new tool.