Instagram 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.