The error was reported as being related to a small number of users and has already been removed.
The Instagram social network has informed its users about possible passwords. This may have been caused by a data download error, that the company introduced similar to Facebook due to the GDPR regulation. The message came from The Information, the theme of TheVerge.
When using the feature, any data you previously shared on the social network can be sent to the selected email address. However, the feature contained an error. Some users have found their password in the link URL that came from Instagram.
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The error was associated with a feature that allows you to download all the data you share with the social network.
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According to security experts, this means that the password was not encrypted and was stored in Instagram or Facebook (the parent company Instagram) only as plain text, which would be a troubling discovery.
However, these speculators rejected the Instagram spokesman, arguing that the passwords for the service were hash and saliva. In addition, the company has already removed the bug and passwords will no longer appear on the links.
The error reportedly occurred internally and only a small number of users were involved. However, it prevents users from changing their passwords.