Facebook will now let iOS users double-tap to 'like' posts in Instagram-style update

An update to Facebook's iOS app lets users like a photo by double-tapping on it. The move could potentially result in some awkward scenarios for unaware users. Currently, users can zoom in further on a Facebook photo by double-tapping it

Facebook will now let iOS users double-tap to 'like' posts in Instagram-style update
An update to Facebook's iOS app lets users like a photo by double-tapping on it

The social media giant has updated its iOS app to let users like a photo by double-tapping on it.

Be careful the next time you try to zoom in on a Facebook photo.

In doing so, Facebook is taking a page from Instagram, which has allowed users to double-tap pictures for several years.

The feature was first spotted by UK-based social media consultant Matt Navarra.

It's not yet clear if the update is available to all users, or if it's part of a limited test.

One user was quick to point out that it would likely make social media stalking a bit more challenging for some.

Currently, users can double-tap on a Facebook photo to zoom in.

If they're unaware that double-tapping on a photo signifies a 'like,' it could potentially result in some awkward scenarios.

'Oh no. I do that to zoom in when I'm in full-on stalker mode. I am doomed,' a Twitter user wrote in response to Navarra's tweet.

Another user agreed, adding: 'My first thought, too.'

Many noted that the update marks the latest case of Facebook adding features from Instagram and vice-versa.

'Facebook and Instagram slowly becoming one,' a user wrote in a reply to Navarra's tweet.

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has taken after its parent company in more ways than one in recent months, including adding more advertisements to the feed and Stories.  

It comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans earlier this year to integrate Facebook's 'family of apps.'

This includes the core 'Big Blue' app, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

By merging the apps, it would allow users to message one another no matter what platform they're using.

Facebook has pledged to add end-to-end encryption as it rolls out this feature.

The process is expected to last several years, into '2020 or beyond,' Zuckerberg said in January, according to Business Insider.