Instagram’ing hiccup

Yesterday, a significant number (not sure how many, but it could be a lot) of Instagram’ers were surprised to find out that their Instagram accounts have been disabled (deleted, sabotaged, hacked, or randomly yet maliciously deactivated, depends on where you read the ranting), creating quite a stir with the rumor that Instagram purged millions of accounts due to inactivity or for not using the app’s built-in camera, supposedly to address its growing spamming problems. Some IGers claim it may be due to violations of Instagram’s Terms of Use that have caused the account deletions.

Our IGersManila community account, that practically reposts and never once used the Instagram camera, with links to websites in most of its caption, was spared. While I know only a few (with legitimate profiles) who have been affected by the mass-deletion, I immediately thought of it as a glitch. True enough, while we enjoyed Instagram’ing almost spam-free for a day, affected accounts were being restored.

Today, @instagram posted this with a short explanation:

Instagram

Yesterday we experienced technical issues that caused people to be unable to access their accounts for a short period of time. We restored access as soon as the issue was brought to our attention, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for all your comments and reports to let us know about the problems you were experiencing. We’re always listening and we were able to fix this as quickly as we did because of your help. If you’re still experiencing issues accessing your account, visit help.instagram.com. Thanks again for your patience and support.

All good then. So, on with Instagram’ing fun. Keep the good vibes rolling!

Carl C. Lozano (aka Daddy C or CCLozano) is an Operations Management and Customer Service Professional, currently the General Manager of HSNI and Founder of IGersManila Philippines, one of the pioneering communities in Instagram, open to Filipino Instagram'ers (IGers) and phoneographers around the world, with its longest running photo challenge - the #IGersManila #9pmhabit - becoming the daily visual storytelling habit that continues to yield positive interaction online and offline. Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR

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