Instagram bug to blame for users losing tons of followers overnight

SAN DIEGO — Instagram confirmed Wednesday morning that a bug is to blame for some users of the platform losing hundreds of thousands of followers overnight.

Some users on Instagram reported a decrease in followers and their accounts were following fewer profiles than they were previously.

“We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible,” Instagram tweeted around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Last November, Instagram announced it would take a huge step to eliminate inauthentic followers, likes and comments on its platform.

“We will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity,” Instagram stated.

Many users of the social network took to Twitter around 8 p.m. Tuesday when they noticed their follower count shrank.

In late December, Instagram announced the removal of hundreds of accounts involved in the process of buying and selling usernames which was a direct violation of community guidelines that all users agree to when signing up for an account, Instagram said.

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