An early version of Apple’s major iPhone software update, iOS 14, have been seeing an unexpected notification that Instagram is accessing their camera even when they’re not taking photos.
The iOS 14 update shows a green dot at the top of users’ screens when an app is accessing the camera or microphone. One person noted on Twitter that the notification appeared while they were scrolling their Instagram feed without any camera open.
A spokesperson for Facebook said in a statement that the notifications were caused by a bug which is being fixed by the company.
The spokesperson also said that just because people saw the notification doesn’t mean Instagram was actually accessing their camera.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
On the other hand, an Apple spokesperson said that users are shown the “recording indicator” notification “whenever an app is using the mic or camera.”
It’s not the first time that an iOS update has shown apps unexpectedly accessing different functionalities of people’s devices. A new iOS 14 feature showed users in June that TikTok, LinkedIn, Reddit, and other apps were quietly scraping the contents of users’ clipboards.
However, a new feature in iOS 13 started notifying people that Facebook apps were quietly using their Bluetooth in order to gather data.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that Apple will continue to roll out iOS features that give people more insight into the types of data that their apps collect. Cook has decried the “data industrial complex” of tech companies like Facebook and Google that use vast swaths of user data in order to better target advertisements.