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.
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 (@instagram) February 13, 2019
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.
why did I just lose over half a million followers @instagram wyd sis
— James Charles (@jamescharles) February 13, 2019
Instagram playin them games again. Smh how they gunna delete almost 200k of my followers. Smh
— Don Benjamin (@donbenjamin) February 13, 2019
Anyone else have @instagram unfollow people and I just lost over 14,000 people !?!? How is this possible in a matter of hours
— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) February 13, 2019
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.