Instagram Is Telling Users Whether Someone Follows Them Back

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Just in case all of the scenic vacation getaways and aggressive #fitspo content wasn’t enough to make you feel inadequate, Instagram now appears to be testing a feature that highlights whether or not someone on the service follows you.

The change is denoted by a small “Follows you” note on some users’ profiles, and is likely to make the social perils of the service a bit more dangerous. Twitter has a similar feature for quickly finding out who doesn’t follow you — or who unfollowed you, which is even more fraught.

It’s not clear if the feature is being tested with a small subset of the user base and might never reach everyone, or if Instagram is slowly rolling the feature out to everyone, complicating hundreds of millions of online relationships.

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Instagram Is Telling Users Whether Someone Follows Them Back