The issue came to light when Saugat Pokharel, a security researcher asked a copy of photos and messages from I…Read More
Being on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram means that sometimes you post stuff which you later may want to delete. These deleted images one would have imagined to be gone forever. However, it has been reported Instagram kept deleted images on their servers for more than a year. According to a report by TechCrunch, the issue came to light when Saugat Pokharel, a security researcher asked a copy of photos and messages from Instagram. The data sent by Instagram was more than a year old, which indicated that Instagram hadn’t deleted it from their servers.
The Facebook-owned photo sharing platform confirmed the issue and said that this was due to a bug, which has now been fixed. Under its bug bounty program, Pokharel was awarded $6,000 (roughly Rs 4.3 lakh) for pointing out the flaw.
In a statement to TechCrunch, Instagram said, “The researcher reported an issue where someone’s deleted Instagram images and messages would be included in a copy of their information if they used our Download Your Information tool on Instagram.We’ve fixed the issue and have seen no evidence of abuse.” Instagram thanked Pokharel for pointing out and reporting the issue. Instagram didn’t clarify whether this ‘bug’ had affected all users or a certain section whose messages and images were retained after they had deleted them from their profiles.
A similar issue had come to light on Twitter last year. A security researcher had pointed out that Twitter never deletes the direct messages that have been deleted by users.