No, Instagram Isn’t Deleting Accounts. It Was Just a Technical IssueBy: Josh Wolford - May 24, 2013
No, Instagram isn’t going to delete your account. Keep filtering and carry on.
Thursday night, Instagram has some technical issues that caused some people to be locked out of their accounts. Rumors swirled that Instagram was deleting accounts – possibly to punish those who has violated the terms of service or to free up space.
What didn’t help was the @dontdeletemyig account, which popped up and soon garnered nearly 70,000 followers.
That account spread this hoax image across the network:
The #dontdeletemyaccount and #dontdeletemyig hashtags blew up on both Twitter and Instagram as some people worried that the photo-sharing site was taking drastic measures to purge users.
Why is everyone putting on black pictures with #dontdeletemyaccount on instagram
— Pocahontas (@j_harrington11) May 24, 2013
Instagram clarified the disruption as such:
Yesterday we experienced technical issues that caused people to be unable to access their accounts for a short period of time. We restored access as soon as the issue was brought to our attention, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Thank you for all your comments and reports to let us know about the problems you were experiencing. We’re always listening and we were able to fix this as quickly as we did because of your help.
Sorry for the hiccup! Thanks for your reports regarding yesterday’s technical issues. We’re back on track. help.instagram.com/165012027001436
— Instagram (@instagram) May 24, 2013
Remember: when people ask you to share something, there’s a good change that they’re full of it. Your Instagram account is safe – you know, unless you start posting porn or something.