Instagram has experienced a bug this week that shows users the stories of strangers. The problem was reported by numerous users on Twitter and Instagram, and the authorities of the social network confirmed the error in the system, which has already been resolved.
“Instagram has announced that the bug has only affected a very small part of its users.”
According to Instagram, the bug caused “a small group of people to see the stories of strangers on their homepage.”
According to user reports, by clicking on the profile of those stories that belong to private accounts, the security algorithm jumps and prevents the story from loading completely. However, regardless of whether the account is private or public, the stories continued to appear in the unknown interface.
Although Instagram has announced that the problem has been solved, the app has also acknowledged that it does not know the origin of the error. In addition, the social network has announced that the bug has only affected a very small part of its users. The problem with this is that more than 500 million people publish and view stories daily, so, however small the number of people affected, this breach of privacy can have a very significant impact.
The problem has arisen while Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, is still trying to clean up its image regarding the private data leakage of its users. The controversy, which had its most critical point with the Cambridge scandal, is still not solved by the authorities of the platform, which just a week ago faced new accusations of data leakage.
The vulnerability of the data on Instagram, which in business cases even has the banking information of its users, generates a lot of concern on the part of the users around the security systems of the social network and, especially, of Facebook, the mother company.