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I have installed Instagram and now it notifies me:

Your friend bob is on Instagram as bob123.

I don't remember giving it permissions to access my contacts and when I go to Android Settings > Applications > Instagram it does not have any permissions enabled.

How does it know my contacts and how can I disable it?

Note: I do not have Facebook connected. In fact it has a banner across the top of the app asking if I want to connect Facebook

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The notifications indicate people who are friends with you on Facebook. If you used "Sign in with Facebook" option or used the e-mail address to sign up on Instagram that you used to sign up for Facebook too. Instagram is owned by Facebook, so they can know.

  • They have to be using my email then. I didn't know Facebook owned them. – 1.21 gigawatts Jun 9 '16 at 20:32
  • @1.21gigawatts It was developed by them. To create more of a photo-blog kind of hype to steal some popularity from Twitter. – SarpSTA Jun 9 '16 at 20:34
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    @SarpSTA Facebook acquired them a few years ago, they didn't start it :) – Matthew Read Jun 9 '16 at 22:48
  • @MatthewRead For one billion dollars! I just read it. Thanks for correction. – SarpSTA Jun 10 '16 at 21:10

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