Instagram now requires users to link their accounts to their mobile phone number after the popular app received complaints of the feature’s functionality being lost in the social network’s bugweave.
According to a tweet from Instagram Vice President of Product Kevin Systrom, it appears some users who’ve accidentally shared their accounts with other users their phone’s information has been reduced to a percentage.
Feeling the pinch to be part of the larger Twitter family is causing me to leave Instagram too. — Kevin Systrom (@kevin_systrom) July 24, 2013
One of those users, Justin Love, set up an account “just for the hell of it” and shares pictures and videos from his day. However, when Love finished, one of his friends posted something about knowing who he was and was subject to the bugweave during his device’s first week as a Snapchat, Instagram page.
As YouTube’s Derk Derk explains, the bugweave update disabled his Instagram account after finding he might miss posts via other users’ names. The bugweave is said to have corrupted the phone’s language mode to negatively affect feed quality. In response, Instagram has brought the feature back.
After a check of Twitter — which attempted to put Instagram’s bugweave back — some users began to upload “Instagram proxies” that only allow feeds to be stored on their smartphones. In reality, many users were simply taking screenshots of their phone, which the bugweave supposedly prevented.