Check your Instagram now – the app has a terrible secret that you need to see today

YOU are not alone if you have noticed products being promoted on Instagram after searching for things online.

Targeted ads are the be-all and end-all of Instagram and its big sister Facebook.

Instagram is owned by Facebook parent Meta


Instagram is owned by Facebook parent MetaPhoto credit: Reuters

Tech companies involved in advertising build a profile of your interests based on what you search for online.

It’s anonymized, but it can still be quite alarming when you realize the true extent of what these companies think of you.

But there’s a way to see exactly what Instagram knows.

David Janssen, Cybersecurity Expert at VPNOverview.comreveals how to do it.

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“This data request download will show you every post, comment you’ve ever made or liked, every message you’ve ever sent, as well as the companies you’ve, often unknowingly, shared your Instagram activity and browsing habits with,” he said .

How to find your Instagram data report

First, you need to access your account on a desktop computer or laptop.

Go to settings and find privacy and security.

Scroll down to download data and click request download below.

Your account email will appear in the E-mail Line.

Keep the information format HTML and click Next.

Re-enter your account password and click request download.

Instagram will email you within 48 hours with a link to access your information.

click Download Information in the email once you receive it.

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What does my Instagram data report mean?

“If you click on the ads_and_businesses folder, you can see a list of advertisers who are using your activity or information on Instagram to show you targeted ads and products,” explains David.

“Under the information_about_you folder you’ll find the ad_interests file, which tells you what ads you’re likely to see based on the type of content you typically see on the platform.”

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