Instagram caught using iPhone camera without permission; It is a bug, responds company


Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram garnered all the wrong news when it came under the scanner when a bug showed the camera on indicator even when the users were not clicking pictures. This issue was reported by iOS 14 beta users who found the green “camera on” indicator even when they were scrolling through their Instagram feed.

The bug started trending when a Twitter used by the name of Kim Lyons, shared a few screenshots of the Instagram glitch and captioned it saying, “Casually browsing Instagram when suddenly the new iOS 14 camera/microphone indicator comes on. Then control panel ratted out the app behind it. This is going to change things.”

The screenshots were shared by Kim through which one can easily spot the green camera indicator even when the camera option was not opened.

However, Instagram said that they were fixing this issue and clarified that they did not access the camera unless it is asked to by the users.

“We only access your camera when you tell us to — for example when you swipe from Feed to Camera. We found and are fixing a bug in iOS 14 Beta that mistakenly indicates that some people are using the camera when they aren’t. We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded,” Instagram was as quoted by The Verge.

Apple has also released the beta version of iOS 14 and this announcement was made by the company on WWDC 2020. The beta version of iOS 14 revealed that apps including TikTok and LinkedIn have already copied content from Apple user’s clipboards. However, Tiktok said that the app’s behaviour was triggered by a feature which was designed to identify repetitive, spammy behaviour.

“Following the beta release of iOS 14 on June 22, users saw notifications while using a number of popular apps. For TikTok, this was triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behaviour. We have already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion. TikTok is committed to protecting users’ privacy and being transparent about how our app works,” a TikTok spokesperson had told The Telegraph.

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