According to a new report that revealed how followers could easily share your private photos and videos.
The flaw was revealed in a report by Buzzfeed, which described it as a “stupidly simple work-around”.
All a user has to do is pull out the source URL for images on a page and then this URL can be shared with people who aren’t logged in to the social network or who aren’t followers of the private user.
This method also works on Instagram stories that are only supposed to last for 24 hours.
Source URLs also reveal some basic information about posts, such as how the photo or video was uploaded and its dimensions.
Tests have been carried out to prove that supposedly private JPEGS, MP4 files and stories can all be downloaded and shared publicly in this way.
“It doesn’t give people access to a person’s private account.”
This would make it different from simply taking a screenshot of an image.
URLs connected to Instagram Stories are also said to reveal images for a few days even though Story posts are only supposed to last for 24 hours.