Dangerous new Facebook feature could reveal stalking habits

A new Facebook feature could spell bad news for those of us prone to online stalking.
A new Facebook feature could spell bad news for those of us prone to online stalking. Photo credit: Getty

A new Facebook feature could spell bad news for those of us prone to online stalking.

The social media platform has rolled out an app update that gives users the ability to like a photo simply by tapping it twice.

Until now it's only been possible to like something by tapping directly on the 'like' button below - but no longer.

The double-tap previously functioned as a zoom feature, meaning Facebook users wanting to see a photo in more detail could be in for some awkward accidental likes.

The double-tap has been around on Instagram for years, and is notorious for giving away one's late night scrolling habits - especially embarrassing if the accidental like goes to an ex or a potential new beau.

The new feature has some people worried.

"Oh no, I do that to zoom in when I'm in full-on stalker mode," one said on Twitter.

However others are pleased with the update, saying it's "about time" Facebook implemented the double-tap.

"I've been tapping pics of [sic] Facebook and feeling very stupid for a while now!" one person admitted.

Some people have theorised the new feature is the next step in Facebook and Instagram merging into one entity. Instagram is owned by Facebook, along with WhatsApp and Oculus VR.

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