An Instagram bug affecting some users is preventing them from temporarily disabling their accounts, TechCrunch reports.
Similar to Facebook’s, that allows you to take a break from the social network for a period of time, but stops short of a full account deletion. The bug has been spotted in the wild since at least February, and is the subject of a number of complaints across social media, including Reddit, Quora, and Twitter since that time.
Users have been complaining about the issue on social networks like Twitter and Reddit since February.
— Matthew Santoro (@MatthewSantoro) December 2, 2015
So my Instagram acc just got hacked and my password changed.please take note as am trying to rectify d problem.thanks
— Mercy Johnson Okojie (@realmercyj) December 2, 2015
The bug turned out to be harmless and was fixed by Instagram, but at first glance, many users mistook the fault for hacking, with some claiming their accounts had been broken into and their password changed.
It’s an easy mistake to make – when the app gives you an error message which says ‘the account owner may have changed the password’, it makes sense to assume that someone else has changed your password.
Fortunately the whole thing has been come down to an error and no passwords were compromised and the problem was solved. It was worrying, but fortunately everyone’s artfully-shot selfies and pictures of pumpkin spice lattes are safe.