Instagram rolled out a new sticker on Tuesday, allowing people to ask questions and reply to stories.
It quickly drew comparisons to the drama-filled cesspits that were AskFM and Formspring, sites from a previous era where users could anonymously ask each other questions and send comments. Since there was no way to (easily) know who sent you messages, the anonymous ask sites provided a double edged sword of both being a place where you could anonymously tell your crush they looked cute, and also providing a platform for cyberbullying.
Here's a PSA about Instagram stories: Unlike AskFM and Formspring, Instagram asks ARE NOT ANONYMOUS.
Like with its polls and emoji sliders, Instagram's being a total snake about who's interacting with your stories. Even though its ask sticker doesn't display someone's name when your reply to their question, your notifications will show exactly who asked it.
Unfortunately, this public service announcement came too late for some who preemptively started stirring shit.
Some users, who clearly want to watch the world burn, wanted to bring anonymous asks back from the cursed crypt they were left in.
Luckily, some people stayed reasonable.
So there you have it. This PSA is for your own good — stop trying to start drama through Instagram asks.