A bug in Instagram shows iOS 14 users “camera on” indicator while scrolling their feed
Apple iOS 14 users have reported that Instagram is unexpectedly using their camera’s while scrolling their Instagram feed. If you are an Apple user then you must know the iOS 14 launch is in the near corner. While the company has released the iOS 14 for the Beta users and is in the testing phase.
A useful Apple iOS 14 feature that shows an indicator when the smartphone’s camera or microphone is used resulted in exposing a bug in Instagram. The bug that was spotted revealed that Instagram was using the smartphone camera even when the user was scrolling its Instagram feed.
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. #iOS14 pic.twitter.com/EnTIRsqq3R
— KevDoy (@KevDoy) July 17, 2020
In a statement to The Verge, a spokesperson for Instagram said that the behavior was a bug and is being fixed. “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,” the spokesperson said. “We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded.”
iOS is known for its privacy focussed features and the latest iOS 14 is no different. Now we have learned about a new iOS 14 feature that flashes an orange light whenever an app is using the iPhone microphone in the background and green light when the camera is being used. This way users are alerted if some app is using a microphone or a camera in the background.
It was earlier known that Facebook and other apps owned by the company activate mic in the background. It is alleged that the data helps Facebook target users with highly customized adverts. Later Facebook denied the allegations. Perhaps the orange indicator on iOS 14 should be able to end your fears.
However, the bug will be fixed soon according to the Instagram spokesperson. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.