iOS 14 is being awfully successful in its microphone/camera detecting feature. Still, in its testing phase, the beta mode detected a bug for Instagram that showed that Instagram was using camera even when the user wasn’t taking photos. Some users reported that they saw the “camera on” indicator when they were just scrolling through their news feed.
This raised a few questions towards the photo-sharing app as people were concerned about their privacy. Instagram execs came forward with a mail to The Verge and said that the behavior was a bug and that it is working at this time to fix it. The Instagram camera can be opened from just a swipe to right from the feed which can trigger the camera from the feed.
The spokesperson from Instagram said, “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. We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded.”
iOS 14 has yet again proven itself to be a wonder as it is heavily emphasizing on protecting the users’ privacy and assets. Earlier, iOS 14 detected that LinkedIn was copying all the content from users’ clipboard which was addressed by LinkedIn. Now Instagram is in the crosshairs. iOS 14 has a very aggressive feature that notifies its users for such acts like using the camera, clipboard copying, or using of microphones by the installed apps. Facebook was also reported using the camera in the background without the users’ consent on its iOS app last year, which was supposedly fixed.
iOS 14 is still in the testing phase where these discoveries are being made. The new OS rolls out officially later this year.