Instagram Restores Blocked Accounts After “Temporary Glitch”

instagram-logo-200pxInstagram users of the world can relax again. The small number of people who couldn’t get into their accounts yesterday should have access again; and no, Instagram isn’t planning a mass delete of inactive accounts.

#DontDeleteMyAccount Panic On Instagram Over Account Deletion Rumor, our story yesterday, covers how some on Instagram began panicking yesterday over rumors that Instagram was going to delete accounts that weren’t constantly active, or which weren’t taking pictures directly through Instagram or … you name it.

In part, these seem fueled by the fact that some people did have access to their accounts blocked, several reporting this was due to “Terms Of Service” violations.

Instagram has confirmed there’s no mass deletion underway. As for those blocked accounts, an Instagram spokesperson emailed us:

A small percentage of users could not access their accounts for a few hours as a result of a temporary glitch. We have restored access for these users, and no pictures or data were lost.

It’s still unclear if those users who were blocked were told if this was because of a terms violation, as well as what caused the glitch. But hopefully those impacted can indeed get back to posting their pictures again.

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  • Erin Kelly

    Today is 5/29/13 at 9pm and mine was just deleted!!! Is this glitch still going on bc I have never posted anything bad

  • ahbi

    same here.. i dont even posted anything bad.. and it just happen that my account has been inactive. =( sad..

  • jake__norris

    Today is 6/20/13 my account was blocked because I “supposedly” violated Terms and Policies. This is so stupid! I don’t post bad stuff at all!!!

  • Enes H


    My Instagram account got disabled for no reason..
    I don’t understand what went wrong.. :(

  • Cheryl Chua

    My account just for disabled and I’m experiencing the same thing! Can someone help me??? Thanks alot!!!

  • mkkkk

    Me too my account were deleted , and I ddidn’t post anything bad

  • Sari Setton

    Our account was just deleted for NO reason! Is there any way to reach the ppl at insta? Seems like they have layered themselves against any customer contact!

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