says that an Instagram spokesperson claims that’s not the case. The Create Mode is accessed from the camera and this could make iPhone’s operating system believe that the camera is being used in the background. Similarly, swiping into the camera from the feed could also trigger the indicator.
In short, Instagram says that the camera is only accessed on the user’s command and insists that the recently reported behavior is a bug that is being fixed in the iOS 14 beta. The bug is causing the app to mistakenly show that the camera is being used when it isn’t.
We only access your camera when you tell us to — for example, when you swipe from Feed to Camera. We found and are fixing a bug in iOS 14 Beta that mistakenly indicates that some people are using the camera when they aren’t. We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded.
While Instagram is working on a fix, you might want to revoke its camera access to be on the safe side.
iOS 14 beta exposing apps since its roll out
Quite recently, various apps were found copying clipboard information
, thanks again to iOS 14. The developer trial notifies the user when an app accesses the iPhone’s copied text.
TikTok came up with bizarre excuses to copy clipboard data and promised to discontinue the practice. Reddit and LinkedIn
also said they would stop scanning clipboard and assured users that data was not stored or received.
While sometimes there are genuine reasons why an app requires clipboard access, it’s not always needed. Like Instagram, Reddit and LinkedIn both said they weren’t snooping around and a bug is what caused the behavior.
Last year, Facebook also took care of a bug in its iOS app that seemed to be activating cameras
in the background without users’ permission or knowledge. At that time, the company assured that no photos or videos were captured.