Instagram recently introduced a new poll feature, which allows users to put a vote button on their Story. Their followers can vote on the poll — and several people apparently thought the votes were anonymous.
The bad news? They aren’t. Instagram sends the user a notification every time someone votes, and you can see who’s voted for what.
Literally after voting on every single Instagram poll this morning only to find out they can see what you voted,thought it was like twitter😫
— Phil Bermingham (@BerminghamPhil1) October 4, 2017
um instagram is really trying to start some beef by showing who voted what in the new poll feature…
— P (@paaaaarsa) October 4, 2017
I presume everyone thought that it’d be anonymous because Twitter’s polls have spoiled us. But Instagram takes after big brother Facebook in this regard. It really shouldn’t be a surprise the site that encourages the sharing and commodification of thoughts and feelings wouldn’t truly keep your thoughts and feelings private.
Several people panicked on social media when they realized the polls weren’t anonymous. And it’s very telling that they’re panicking not over any breach of privacy, but because they voted in a way that is blunt or rude.
oooooooo boy apparently your answers on the Instagram story polls are revealed to the person, I have done some damage
— SamJamesCorrie (@samjamescorrie) October 4, 2017
i didn’t know instagram told you what people voted on your stories and i’ve just been messing with people oops
— 🎃 spooky smalls 🎃 (@ashleysmall_) October 4, 2017
And some appreciate the transparency (everyone loves to know who their enemies are):
Just did a poll on instagram. Not sure how I feel about seeing people’s answers. Those that said no to seeing my wedding photos. I see you 👀
— HannahBower2 (@hanzbananzz) October 4, 2017
Obviously, the cat’s out of the bag now — when I went on Instagram this morning, a friend’s Story informed me that he could see how I voted in his poll. So we may never get the same candidness again, but considering there’s no immediate consequences, I think people will still be more forthright than they would be otherwise.
If it means that people get to reveal their true colors, I’m all for Instagram polls remaining public.