#1 Product of the DayJuly 31, 2019
The product has been withdrawn because it violates Instagram’s terms
Discussion
Would you recommend this product?
30 Reviews2.5/5
Whatever value this product has for marketing is outweighed by it's potential for abuse—stalking and harassment. When an Instagram user wants updates about when his ex posts now, for instance, he has to be following her. So she knows he can watch her posts and has the power to block him. InstaMon completely circumvents what little control people have in these situations, and is only contributing to a world in which one bad actor can force a person (usually from a marginalized group) out of the public online square. ("Because if you don't want to be stalked, you can always lock your account.") It's clear from his comments the creator doesn't see the issue and doesn't have a plan for dealing with abuse. But when you're creating someone that automates existing behaviors on a platform and one of those behaviors is abuse, it's your responsibility to have a plan for addressing it.
Maker
@thelastwalt The service can only be used to monitor public accounts and doesn't work for private accounts, so the stalking part is out of the question
@tonixx you know you can stalk people when they’re out in public, right?
Maker
@thelastwalt True, but at least on Instagram you have the option to set your account as private and only the followers you approve can see what you post
Maker
@thelastwalt After a long night of coding, I've finally found a solution. As of today, InstaMon can be used to monitor BUSINESS accounts only! When I've built this service, my intentions were good and I never thought it can be used in a bad way. Again, sorry about this!
@tonixx I'm glad the conversation happened. I want to personally thank you for listening and taking action so quickly to prevent your service to be used in harmful ways. 🙌
Maker
Hi guys, After a 2 year period of procrastination, I've finally convinced myself to get back on the startup bandwagon. I've started working on what I thought was a 1-week project ... I was very wrong! It took me almost 3 months to put all the pieces together and get it done. The idea for the project came to me when a friend, who runs a small Social Media Agency, complained that he wasted too much time tracking the Instagram accounts of his clients competitors. I saw a need, so I've started working on InstaMon. Please let me know what you think about InstaMon. I would love to hear your feedback! UPDATE: based on the feedback I've received, I've updated the service to allow the monitoring of BUSINESS accounts only. You can't monitor personal accounts anymore using InstaMon
@tonixx great job on shipping!
@tonixx Finally! Trying it right now 😊 quick note that I hit a snag when trying to enter my email wouldn't accept the local+parameter@domain.tld syntax
Maker
@itsjeremiahs Will look into it ... just sent an email
Maker
@itsjeremiahs It's fixed now. Thx for letting me know!
@tonixx you got instagram's written permission to use their platform for surveillance like it says in the TOS? I highly doubt it.
Not release it. This product will be used by men to harass and stalk women on the internet.
@tonixx Comparing the ethics of your product to Facebook really isn't helping your thought process.
@jnnfrrss @tonixx did you consult with any legal professionals on this?
@jnnfrrss @tonixx Yeah who cares if there's another one amiright?
@jnnfrrss @tay_marvin @tonixx many personal accounts have more than 10k followers. But yes, I think figuring out a way for this to be only used to monitor business accounts might be the way forward.
Maker
@stewart_scott_curran After a long night of coding, I've finally found a solution. I'm happy to announce that as of today, InstaMon can be used to monitor BUSINESS accounts only! When I've built this service, my intentions were good and I never thought it can be used in a bad way. Again, sorry about this!
If you really cared about making this for brands and not for stalking you should only allow Business accounts to be tracked. You know this will be used for bad things and you are ok with it. You explicitly state that this is to track friends, family and partners and this is not ok. Take responsibility and take this down.
Maker
@pedro_designer To monitor is one thing, to harass is another! I haven't thought that this service can be used with bad intent. I'm going to only permit the monitor of public accounts that have at least 10,000 followers - these aren't personal accounts for sure
Maker
@pedro_designer After a long night of coding, I've finally found a solution. I'm happy to announce that as of today, InstaMon can be used to monitor BUSINESS accounts only! When I've built this service, my intentions were good and I never thought it can be used in a bad way. Again, sorry about this!
@tonixx That's a great update! Thanks for taking action quickly on this!
Question, have you thought through the implications of a user who might want to use this for another purpose like, I dunno, stalking?
@tonixx hmm I’m not entirely sure whether that’s correct or where you get that from. But... you’re shifting the responsibility to not being tracked onto those who probably won’t ever know that they’re being tracked? And in another comment in this thread you said you were working on a notification system when they post (though you couldn’t figure out the same notification for stories and you asked for suggestions on that). I’m going to honest, the possibilities for this product to be used for bad is VERY high and you should think about that.
Maker
@stewart_scott_curran Now that you're saying that, I realize that you're right. I won't pursue the monitoring of the private accounts. However, public accounts can be stalked by anyone ... they don't even need an IG account. The public accounts are even indexed by Google. So if someone is concerned about their privacy, they should definitely make their account private
@tonixx Maybe you shouldn’t release a product that can be so easily misused. It’s not appropriate to shift the burden of responsibility onto individuals who probably won’t ever know they’re being tracked. I understand you’ve spent several months on this but you should spend a bit more time thinking about the potential ways this can be abused.
@tonixx Or just stop trying to answer the tough questions I guess. By releasing this you're complicit in the harassment of women on the internet. Congrats.