Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and other celebs are leaking location information on Instagram

Not just Instagram. Please please please don’t share your location using social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, etc. It’s not safe.


On Monday, the AP dropped a big scoop about a rising Republican star who has been using taxpayer money and campaign funds to finance personal trips around the country.  The AP journalists said the source for the takedown was Instagram:

“The AP tracked [Illinois Rep. Aaron] Schock’s reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman’s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account. The AP extracted location data associated with each image then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against Schock’s office and campaign records.”

When the AP journalists say they “extracted location data,” they actually mean: “We looked at his Instagram photo map.” Instagram strips the metadata off all the photos that are uploaded to the network (for privacy reasons), but users can elect to add location information when they post, which then displays those geo-tagged…

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