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PSA: Instagram’s new ask feature is not anonymous

By Morgan Sung

Facebook

Instagram rolled out a new sticker on Tuesday, allowing people to ask questions and reply to stories.

It quickly drew comparisons to the drama-filled cesspits that were AskFM and Formspring, sites from a previous era where users could anonymously ask each other questions and send comments. Since there was no way to (easily) know who sent you messages, the anonymous ask sites provided a double edged sword of both being a place where you could anonymously tell your crush they looked cute, and also providing a platform for cyberbullying.

Here’s a PSA about Instagram stories: Unlike AskFM and Formspring, Instagram asks ARE NOT ANONYMOUS. …

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