Microsoft removes the following content creator feature in Edge due to privacy concerns

Even if you see the feature in Edge's Settings, it won't work

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Microsoft will remove the creator-tracking feature in Edge due to privacy concerns

Microsoft has been working on improving Microsoft Edge to provide a better browsing experience. For the same reason, earlier, the Redmond tech giant added Collections features to the browser and then an ability to follow content creators worldwide.

However, it was not welcomed by many users, and they expressed privacy concerns. One of the Edge browser users on Reddit, zxch2412, said:

Am I the only one who feels this is bloat cuz I get the same information from YouTube notifications.

Another one says:

Microsoft should just add an “Official Extensions” page on the Edge Store, I don’t want every bloatware they come up with;

For every person that finds this useful, there are at least ten who will never use it

After so many comments and feedback about this feature, it looks like Microsoft has finally understood that users don’t need it. Even Verge said that the feature was not properly implemented and was sending every website you surf to Bing.

After that, Microsoft said that they would address the issue, following which the Redmond tech giant removed the follow creator feature from the location bar; however, if you are following someone, you could see them in the Following tab in the Collections pane.

According to a Windows leaker, @Leopeva64, the option is now missing from the latest Edge Canary and Dev builds.

This means that Microsoft is working on completely eliminating the feature that allows users to follow content creators in the Collections pane.

If you use Microsoft Edge, you can go to Settings> Privacy, search, and services page, and you will see the Show Collections and follow content creators in Microsoft Edge, but turning it on will not bring the following tab back,

Also, when you turn it on, you get the Collections and Follow pop-up. Upon clicking Learn more, you will get to the Microsoft support page, which explains how the Collections feature works, but there is no mention of the follow creators option.

All this points to the notion that Microsoft has considered feedback from hundreds of users and decided to remove the function. However, it is not clear whether Microsoft is removing it temporarily or permanently.

If you like the feature and want to continue catching up on the latest content from content creators, you can still use it on Google Chrome on the mobile app

What do you think of this move by Microsoft? Share your opinions with our readers in the comments section below.

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