Instagram photos on private not so private

By | January 14, 2015
 

Instagram photos on private accounts have been made public by Instagram security bug

A huge number of Instagram photos that their owners thought were private were in fact being shown publicly to the world until a bug was fixed this week.

If an Instagram user posted a photo with their account being public, and then set their account to private the photo would remain public, reported Quartz.

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Instagram have since acknowledged the bug since it has been reported and provided a fix. Instagram does not appear to have any support documentation telling users how to navigate the complex status of photos on Instagram, and how to be sure a photo is public or private.

Before the bug was fixed, usersĀ could see that photos were public through the Instagram website, using the Instagram photo URL.

Usually, accessing a private Instagram photo would bring up a message stating the page could not be found, just like when a photo is deleted.

The photo links also get shared on Facebook and Twitter if they are linked to a users Instagram profile. That meant anybody following the user on another social media site, except Instagram would be able to view the private images.

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