Even users have deleted the messages directly from Instagram, the platform still has it.
Instagram maintains users’ deleted messages and photos for years on its servers. According to the reports of Saugat Pokharel, a Security Researcher, when he asked for a copy of direct messages and pictures from Instagram. He was able to acquire the information needed.
However, this information was thought to be deleted a year ago from his Instagram account. This has then speculated that the platform has not removed the data from their servers entirely.
Instagram answered the speculation by rewarding Pokharel for $6,000 due to finding the bug and pointing out the problem. According to TechCrunch reports, the Security Researcher found the alleged bug last year in October and was just recently fixed earlier this month.
An Instagram spokesman told TechCrunch, “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. We thank the researcher for reporting this issue to us.”
The Backlash with Instagram Maintains Personal Record
Dsespite acknowledging the issue of Instagram maintains records, thanks to Pokharel, many have now questioned the platform for its security and privacy. However, according to the EU’s data privacy GDP regulations, they mandated that EU citizens have a “right of access” to their data, allowing them to request a copy of all the information a company stores on them within a reasonable amount of time.
Instagram to Merge with Facebook Messenger
Instagram merges its messaging networks to Facebook messenger so that users of the mobile app can communicate through all platforms.
The user will find an update screen popped up in Instagram‘s mobile app with the notification, “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram.” Their screen will show the features. These include a “new colorful look for your messages,” more emoji responses, swipe-to-reply, and the main one: “chat with friends who use Facebook.”
Once the user hits update, Instagram’s regular DM icon at the top right is replaced with the Messenger logo. Chats are actually more colorful than before on Instagram, with the messages from the sender switching between blue and purple as you scroll.