PSA: Instagram polls are NOT anonymous

In the latest update for Instagram, the app rolled out a polling feature in its Snapchat clone, which allows a user to ask their followers to vote between two choices.

While polls aren’t groundbreaking on social media, (Twitter rolled out polls in 2015), there is one thing different about Instagram polls that you should probably know before you vote your heart out: They are not anonymous.

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Yes, for reasons unknown, Instagram decided to make the results of the poll visible to the person who ran it, which is somewhat of a breakaway from what you would expect on an internet poll. While it’s nice to see how your followers may truly feel, you would have no idea that polls are not anonymous unless you ran one and checked for yourself. 

I found this out when I decided to run my own poll, after answering a little too honestly on a few polls earlier this week. I asked my followers if I should kick my puppy off of the good seat on the couch; some monsters even voted “yes.”

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To access the page identifying your voters and their choices, simply click on the lists of users who viewed your story at the bottom of the screen. This can also show you who decided to skim past your poll without voting, like your boss. That’s right, Annie, I’m calling you out. 

A quick search on Twitter reveals that some people also found out that polls are non anon the hard way. 

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