Teens Making Instagram Business Profiles Could Cause Privacy Issues

One thing is for certain: when you are on Instagram you really care about how the world views you, and this means that you would want to know exactly how well your posts are performing at any given point in time. Now, if you are working for a business then this would mean that there are a lot of different ways in which you can ascertain the success of a post.

Profiles that have been made for business on Instagram get access to some pretty in depth analytics, these metrics that could potentially end up revealing a lot of details regarding who is seeing your posts, how often they interact with them as well as what you might need to do in order to boost your visibility at least to some level on the social media platform all in all.

In order to get a better idea of how well their posts are doing, a lot of teens and other younger Instagram users are turning their personal Instagram accounts into business profiles. They are mostly doing this in order to gain access to the more in depth metrics that end up being used here, but the fact of the matter is that this is causing quite a few privacy issues that these teenagers might not be aware of.

The main problem with this pattern of behavior is that every business account on Instagram requires a phone number as well as an email address that is going to be publicly visible. This makes sense when you look at it from a business point of view because of the fact that businesses are trying to sell products and services and they can only do so when customers can contact them.

However, when you consider that the minimum age to join Instagram is 13 and that a lot of 13 year olds are making business accounts to get more followers, the dangers of this activity become apparent. These teenagers are revealing personal information like their phone number and email address to the billion or so users that Instagram has, and this could cause a lot of safety concerns. Most parents are unaware of their kids doing this, so if your child uses Instagram make sure that they haven’t converted their profile into some kind of a business account.

Young Instagram Users Are Giving Up Privacy in Search of Metrics
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