Instagram polls expose voters’ ’embarrassing’ choices


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Instagram added a polling feature on 3 October

Instagram has been criticised after adding a feature to its app that reveals which way people have voted.

Users can add a poll when adding a picture to their Instagram “story”, and can see what their followers choose.

Many users said they did not realise their choice would be visible to the poll instigator, and some said they had made embarrassing mistakes.

Instagram did mention that votes would be public when it announced the feature on its blog and in the app.

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People’s choices are revealed to the user who instigated the poll

However, not all have watched the Instagram video to learn how the feature works.

Some people said they had cast questionable votes on polls, such as “Do I look cute?” or “Do you like my art?” without realising their choice would be shared.

Rival social network Twitter lets people create polls, but it does not reveal how people voted.

Instagram has not yet responded to the BBC’s request for comment.