If you spend your time on Facebook checking out people’s pages in the comforting knowledge that no one can see what you’re doing – then we’ve got news for you…you might be about to get caught.
So the above headline, suggesting that might all be exposed, is likely to strike fear into the hearts of creepers everywhere.
That’s because of a new Facebook feature called stories.
Now if you’ve used Instagram or Snapchat stories then you’ll know exactly where this is going.
On those platforms you can tell not only exactly how many people have viewed your videos or seen your images but you can actually see who has been looking at it.
Facebook is a nifty platform for many functions, but two of its most popular remain making everyone jealous and creeping other people’s profiles.
Come on and admit it – you’re almost certainly guilty of doing the latter.
After all, looking at someone else’s profile is now so easy to do, the act of grubbing through photos of their 2006 holiday may not even seem that big a deal.
Best of all, you can do it safe in the knowledge that unless you accidentally – shudder – ‘like something’, they’ll never be any the wiser.
Or at least, that used to be the case.
Hence creepers could be about to get caught out.
Has your weird ex been checking out what you’ve been up to – now it’ll be easy to tell.
The new feature basically allows users to share updates and form a story that lasts for 24 hours before disappearing entirely – unlike a normal status that remains there forever. It also lists who has viewed the story and how many people have looked at it.
Facebook have always said they have no plans to reveal this data and, by and large, this remains the case.
It would dissuade many of its 1.86 billion users from utilising the site as fully as Facebook would like.
Similar to the same feature on Instagram, Facebook Stories are short user-generated photo and video collections which can be viewed twice and then disappear after 24 hours
As with Instagram stories though, you can see how many people viewed your story AND who has specifically looked at each piece of content within your story.
So while you can resume your creeping of profiles in sweet anonymity, it’s no longer 100 per cent across all of the site’s features.