A bug over the weekend gave people thousands more Instagram followers than they really had — but they’re in the process of being taken back.
The problem gave some of the biggest users many thousands of extra followers. But they were all added by mistake and are already being removed.
“We've identified a bug causing incorrect follower counts to appear on some profiles,” a post on Instagram’s help centre says. “We're working to fix it, and any counts that have been affected will be restored when we’ve resolved the issue.”
Many have been concerned that they have either become Instagram famous without knowing it, or were being targeted by a cyberattack. But lots of other users are now upset that their inflated numbers are now being removed.
Unlike previous fluctuations in follower counts, the recent bug wasn’t removing bots and other fake accounts, but seems to have been an error in the way that the site counts followers.
When u suddenly gain 50 new followers on instagram and then they all unfollow u the next day :/— Katie Meyers (@katiemeyers34) July 12, 2015
okay so I randomly gained like 200 followers and then I lost them. Instagram... wyd..— marisa ☼ (@Marisa_Dicaro) July 12, 2015
so Instagram gave back my followers then took them away again?— Olivia Lueders (@olivialueders) July 13, 2015