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An Instagram Bug Crashed iPhones

In the past few weeks, after a craze about Instagram user stories pgtalal was revealed, a viral Instagram jokes caused multiple iPhone users to crash. Although Instagram Stories did not lock the Android phone and showed a purple screen of confetti, the iPhone only crashed the moment it was turned on. In order to find out what happened here, the well-known technical YouTube user Arun Maini (renamed Mrwhosetheboss) decided to investigate and even managed to remake it.

Why Instagram Crashed iPhones?

Mrwhosetheboss installed the Instagram app on multiple smartphones to see how each phone reacted when the story opened. After testing, he noticed that all iPhones (including the high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max) crashed after being turned on. The Android page has been opened, this is another story. Although flagship Android phones can survive easily, mid-range smartphones are still struggling to maintain a responsive user interface, and cheap Android phones have suffered the same fate as the iPhone.

Developers including Ananai Arora, an associate security researcher at Arizona State University. After this collaboration, they discovered that the stories involved included countdown timers and Instagram quizzes.

However, because Pgtalal uses an HTTP proxy to control the width and height of the story UI elements, there is a problem. As a result, the purple screen displayed on the Android phone is an enlarged version of the countdown timer, and the iPhone cannot indicate that it has crashed. Check out Ananai’s tweet below to see the specs she found while researching:

To everyone’s surprise, Pgtalal even answered Mrwhosetheboss. Talal told him that he is a 14 years old and had been programming since he was 11. Talal, bored with family isolation, tried to create Instagram glitches for fun. Luckily, Instagram has fixed the glitch but the story may still cause your phone to crash. The complete explanation video is very interesting, you can see it on Mrwhosetheboss’ YouTube channel:

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