Instagram could have been spying on you and iOS 14 just snitched! A bug on the social media app showed a ‘camera on’ indicator for iOS 14 devices, even when users weren’t taking pictures.
iOS 14 isn’t public yet, but its beta mode is already exposing unexpected app behaviour. Some users Tweeted that they were seeing the green “camera on” indicator while using Instagram. Mind you, they were just scrolling through their feeds, not taking a picture, or making a video.
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. #iOS14 pic.twitter.com/EnTIRsqq3R
— KevDoy (@KevDoy) July 17, 2020
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Instagram, however, says a bug was responsible for this and it’s being fixed. Its Create Mode is accessible from the Instagram camera and this could trigger the camera indicator. Other users also report that swiping into the app’s Camera from Feed may also set off the indicator.
Instagram denies spying on its users, with a spokesperson saying that the app records no content in those instances.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
iOS 14 beta mode has already exposed ‘spying’ types of behaviour on TikTok, Reddit, and LinkedIn. The apps were found to be accessing users’ clipboard content, which the developers also blamed on bugs. This was found out because whenever a third-party app accesses the clipboard of a device with iOS 14, it triggers a notification.
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