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Microsoft Edge Removes Content Creator Follows Due to Privacy Concerns

Microsoft removes the following creators feature in Edge due to privacy concerns. The feature previously sent browsing history to Bing.

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is in the process of eliminating the option to follow content creators directly within its browser, a feature that has raised privacy concerns among users. The decision comes after evidence was found in the latest Edge Canary and Dev builds indicating the imminent removal of this feature. This move – found by Leopeva64 – highlights Microsoft's response to privacy issues, particularly after it was discovered that enabling the feature resulted in the transmission of users' website visits directly to Bing.

Privacy Concerns Prompt Feature Removal

Last year, a report by The Verge revealed that the follow creator feature in the Edge browser was sending every visited website to Bing, raising significant privacy concerns. This feature, initially intended to enhance user engagement by allowing them to follow their favorite content creators directly from the Collections pane, was found to compromise . In response, Microsoft has decided to phase out this capability.

Current State of the Feature

Users of Microsoft Edge can still access the browser settings under the Privacy, search, and services page, where the toggle for following content creators remains visible. However, activating this toggle no longer reinstates the follow feature. Additionally, the “Learn more” button in the Collections and Follow pop-up directs users to a Microsoft support page that explains how the Collections feature operates, without mentioning the discontinued follow option.

Comparison with Google Chrome

Unlike Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome continues to offer a similar feature for mobile users on Android devices. This is accessible by enabling the “web-feed” flag, allowing users to follow content creators directly through the browser.

This development may influence user preferences and the competitive dynamics between major browsers, particularly as privacy becomes a central concern for many users. Microsoft's decision to remove a feature due to privacy issues could set a precedent for how other companies address similar challenges in the future.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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