Outrage as Instagram ‘bug’ deletes some users’ account

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Some Instagram users are not happy, and the reason is because a bug is reportedly deleting and disabling their accounts without their permission. The bug, according to The Washington Post and other sources, have been deleting some accounts in the last 48 hours.

Early indication of this issue was first sighted when some users invaded Twitter and Facebook with complaints of how they were unable to access their accounts. Some even complained that their accounts were deleted by a yet-to-be-identified bug. As a matter of fact, some Instagram users on Twitter complained that they got messages that their accounts were disabled for violation of Instagram’s terms, while others never received any notification, but found out that they couldn’t log in again.

When contacted about the issue of bug deleting and disabling accounts of some users, a spokesperson for Instagram told The Verge that the company is working behind the scene to resolve it:

We’re aware of a bug that is causing some users to be logged out of their accounts. We’re working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”

While Instagram works behind the scene to resolve this problem, some business users that have been affected by the bug are anxious to get their accounts back. As you may have read before, Instagram is home to hundreds of businesses and represents one of the best value for promoting your business online. A visit to one of the accounts affected by the bug shows a “Sorry, this page isn’t available” message.

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Almost two weeks after Instagram launched its own version of Stories, a flurry of publishers started queuing up to use the feature. Big names like CNN, Food Network, People, Tastemade, Comedy Central, and Cosmopolitan were among those that started producing Stories on a regular basis. The results too have been highly impressive, with some publishers saying they are now seeing improvement in “viewership numbers.”

Bloggers too are worried, and have reasons to be considering how important the platform has become to the survival of their blogs. The story is the same for millions of users who rely on the platform to access useful information about their various online activities.

Another possible reason why some of those accounts were deleted might not be unconnected with a report published by TNW that Instagram was cracking down on fake, spam influencers, and third-party apps that are being used to generate comments and automate followers.

We hope this issue will be resolved as soon as possible to enable affected users secure access to their accounts.

In the last 12 months, the app has recorded more growth than ever owing to the fact that it copied a very popular feature owned by Snapchat—Stories. Not that the app wasn’t doing fine before August [when Instagram launched its own version of Stories], the truth is, its growth rate has been phenomenal since that time.

More than 700 million people now use the platform every day, while about 400 million people check in daily. This could be the beginning of greater things to come, especially when you consider how other Facebook-owned companies are doing.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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