Instagram snooping fears after users notice strange issue with camera

Concerns have been raised after Instagram users voiced fears they were being spied on by the social media app through Apple iPhone devices.

Several Instagram users said they were worried that the social media tool used by millions was snooping after noticing the iOS 14 ‘camera on’ indicator keeps coming on, even if they’re not taking the photo.

The ‘camera on’ indicator was introduced in Apple’s latest software update, and means the iPhone now displays an indicator whenever an app is using the mic or camera, reports MirrorOnline.

While the indicator should display when the device is taking a photo or video on Instagram, users have noticed that it’s also on when scrolling through feeds.

User KevDoy tweeted: “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.”

Instagram has now confirmed that the app is not spying, but the issue has been blamed on a bug.

Speaking to  The Verge, an Instagram spokesperson said: “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.”

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