Andrés Iniesta is a Spanish football player and a FC Barcelona club legend. There is another Andrés Iniesta who is not a celebrity of any kind, but suddenly finds himself under the limelight after Instagram allegedly “stole” his account. Update: In a brief statement to BGR India, Facebook confirmed its mistake and has apologized. It said, “We made a mistake here and restored the account as soon as we learned about it. Our apologies go out to Mr. Iniesta for the trouble we caused him.” Also Read - Instagram testing new Collab feature for posts, Reels: Here's how it works
Iniesta, the non-celebrity, took to Medium to recount how Instagram suddenly froze his account (@ainiesta) without any notice. All he received was a message when trying to access his account, which said that he had infringed Instagram’s Terms and Conditions. His only crime it seems is that he shares the same name as Barcelona legend Andrés Iniesta. Also Read - Instagram Sensitive Control feature launched: Here's how to limit sensitive content in Explore tab
He wrote how Instagram or Facebook didn’t reply to any of his queries, and instead the frozen account was being filled with photos of the football star. He has updated the post since then saying that nearly five hours after posting the story on Medium, Instagram has restored the account to its rightful owner. Also Read - Top 5 free Android apps on Google Play store this week
For those wondering Andrés Iniesta, the football star, is using the account @andresiniesta8, and at the time of filing this story he already has nearly 140 posts and more than 5.4 million followers. BGR India has reached out to Facebook to comment on this fiasco.