Earlier this month Instagram introduced a feature that lets users create a public thread in their stories. ‘Add Yours’ is a sticker that adds a prompt in your Stories that others can respond to.
However, recently, diligent netizens have noticed a disturbing trend. It seems that some people have been using ‘Add Yours’ stickers in their Stories to ask innocent looking questions that are actually harmful.
As one Twitter user pointed out, the questions look like security questions.
These are personal questions that some sites use to help their user recover lost or forgotten passwords.
When you realize that this is a password security question 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/OOcV4pjEIU— The Huda 🏴 (@nabilahudatahar) November 24, 2021
In the screenshot, it shows over 51,000 Instagram users have answered the question.
@nabilahudatahar also posted a screenshot of another Instagram Story with a very odd ‘Add Yours’ prompt. It asks: The date you first met, got engaged, and married your spouse.
As she rightly pointed out, it does read like a possible security question.
Ni pun sama. Detail sgt nak tau kenal tunang nikah?? Tarikh Kawen tu normal la kot? Tak rasa ke mcm possible password security question? 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/5EYLKIBCvP— The Huda 🏴 (@nabilahudatahar) November 24, 2021
Another twitter user @pu-rahmat was more blunt with his post. In it he said: “Avoid playing these online games that play with your personal information. You are leaking our own personal information.”
Elakkan bermain game online berkaitan peribadi.— Rahmat Ikhsan (@pu_rahmat) November 24, 2021
Anda sedang membuka ruang kebocoran maklumat Peribadi. pic.twitter.com/N9Kn9yPW14
M.Wongso from OMG Hakers on Facebook gives us the most detailed explanation.
TLDR; He is basically saying that this is a disturbing trend that has led many to volunteer their private information. It is a dangerous behavior and should be avoided.