Instagram’s Awful Vulnerability
Facebook’s Ruining Instagram!
Instagram used to be a very nice app. It had a friendly community where active users shared amazing photographs from all over the World. Inevitably, Facebook decided to buy it and unfortunately it has become a giant mess. Please check their Popular Page (Explore Page) now to see how many spam accounts there are posting stolen internet pictures.*
*If you look at Instagram’s community guidelines the number one rule is “Post your own photo’s” and further down the page they state in bold, capital letters: “Don’t share photo’s that aren’t yours” This includes other peoples picture and/or things that you have copied or collected from the internet… So why oh why is the explore page full of accounts posting pictures of nails, puppies, boybands and other images that have been taken directly from websites such as Weheartit.com?
The Explore Page Is Important!
It is important because this is the featured page of the app that shows interesting photos to its users. Getting your photos published on that page is difficult and requires a lot of effort, activity and hard work.
The Vulnerability On Instagram
Unfortunately, there is a huge vulnerability issue on the Explore Page and that is that anyone who has a phone and an instagram account has the ability to kick photos out of the popular page. There are celebrities, brands, photographers… Yes Snoop Dogg, Kim Kardashian, 50cent, National Geographic are all there. You don’t want them to be in the Explore Page anymore? You can kick them in seconds. Barack Obama? Yes, you can even kick him too. Anyone with a phone has the ability to kick a picture out of the Explore Page with a few movements of their finger.
So, How Do I Kick Someone Then?
Well…It is easy! Go to the Explore Page and find your victims. Then click on the photo and tap the “Report Inappropriate” button 15 to 20 times. Boom! They are not in the page anymore! You can also follow a celebrity or someone you don’t like whose photos almost always go to the Explore Page due to their high amount of followers, and if you report the picture 15-20 times before the popular page then that photo won’t make it to the popular page at all.
Facebook Doesn’t Care About Users
Facebook’s biggest asset is its users but the company has a very bad reputation when it comes to users’ privacy. Here we are again clearly seeing how they are acting to user related issues, privacy issues, vulnerabilities and bugs. For months many Instagram users have contacted Facebook and the Instagram owners about this vulnerability but they don’t reply to a single message, instead choosing to ignore the problem!
Facebook! Stop Ruining Instagram
Dear Facebook! Don’t you think you have ruined the app enough already, isn’t it time to clean up your mess?