Nearly 50 Million Instagram Users' Data Exposed, Adding to Facebook's Privacy Woes

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A massive database containing information from more than 49 million Instagram accounts has been discovered online. The cache, which contained information from a variety of influential and popular Instagram accounts, was traced back to Chtrbox, a social media-focused marketing company. The database has since been removed, but it previously contained both public information, such as users’ profile pictures and number of followers, and also private contact information such as email addresses and telephone numbers that would not be readily obtainable from public Instagram profiles. Along with this information were Chtrbox’s calculations as to how much it would be willing to pay various Instagram users to post advertisements.

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