Anonymous questions on Instagram: how to know the identity of the writer

More and more users download the new anonymous questions app. | PHOTO: NGL App

If you have an Instagram account, you have probably seen that the application has been filled with anonymous questions, but really, what does the application that asks them offer?

It’s about ‘NGL’ or ‘Not gonna lie’, which means ‘I’m not going to lie’ in Spanish, an application that, as it has in its description, “is a new version of anonymity”.

“We believe that anonymity should be a fun yet safe place to express your feelings and opinions without shame.” In addition, the application adds in its description that it considers that young people do not have a safe space to offer their opinions without being judged, so this may be the means.

However, to prevent ‘NGL’ from becoming a space for ‘bullying’ and harassment, the app uses “deep learning and rule-based character pattern matching algorithms to filter out harmful language and bullying.”

In addition, there is always the option to report the question you have been asked.

In conclusion, the application offers you, in exchange for downloading it on your device, a link connected to your Instagram user that allows you to ask questions “anonymously”.

The data collected by the anonymous questions application

Among the obligations that you as a user must fulfill in order to enter this platform is to be at least 17 years old and, if that is not the case, to have the consent of a responsible adult.

So far, the app needs to connect to an Instagram user. | Photo: NGL on the App Store

Additionally, among the things you agree to as a user is to give ‘NGL’ a license to “use, reproduce, make available to the public, publish, translate, modify, create derivative works from, and distribute any of your content from user in connection with the service. In the security policies it is also accepted that the application collects your name, email, gender, card information, location, among others. All with the purpose of providing greater “security”.

What do they do with your personal information?

According to the platform’s privacy policy, the data is used to “make inferences about you.” That is to say: they will know what your tastes, attitudes and interests are thanks to the information that you agreed to provide them once you registered.

They also track posts from your Instagram account to, they say, “facilitate the creation of publicly available information and content.”

With the data they seek to structure advertising strategies to show you ads that could be “relevant or useful”.

The app collects a lot of your personal data. | Photo: iStock

NGL providers can receive the data. They are responsible for “managing and operating sites, making purchases, providing advertising or marketing services, providing search engine analysis and support, tracking advertising impressions, investigating and preventing data incidents, auditing our financial and business statements, providing legal advice and place our ads on other platforms.

Thus, from the moment you register in the questions app, you are enabling them to collect your data in order to analyze your behavior and direct marketing strategies for the offer of goods and services that you do not specify.

How could one know the identity of the person writing the questions?

Although when you go to write a question the application promises “100%” anonymity, you should be aware that ‘NGL’ has the ‘pro’ option of the application, where this is not completely true.

When a person receives one of the questions you send on the premise of being anonymous, there is a button that reads “Who sent this?”, which takes you to the option of paying $ 44,900 weekly to have “leads” on the user who has sent you Question.

The application has already warned its followers that soon these “tracks” will be more specific to “make it easier to find out who sent the message.”