On Instagram, users keep a close eye on those who watch their stories



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By Kalhan Rosenblatt

In mid-April, Gemma McLean noticed that her Instagram account was receiving furtive attention from her ex-boyfriend.

The Instagram Stories feature allows users to see who viewed their posts, and McLean found that his ex-reporter had read his stories for four consecutive days. So she decided to make sure that he knew that she could see her spying.

McLean posted a screen shot in his Instagram account of the TV show "Riverdale" with the following message: "Hey, my message of public interest: if you were my ex, I got found literally in 2012 while I was still in high school: I can see you check my insta daily history. "

This is the tangled web that Instagram users are now weaving through a small feature that has developed a disproportionate impact on the social net.

"My thought process was honestly to make him understand that I could see him being a monster without actually speaking to him in the hope that he would stop," said McLean, 24, who lives in New Zealand. "Nothing like being publicly humbled in lowkey to put yourself in your shoes."

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