Instagram Likes Bug
The number of likes on an Instagram photo are pictured on a mobile device screen in Pasadena, California, Aug. 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Instagram has reportedly fixed a hack that instantly fetched users more likes and followers just by changing the geo-locations of their posts to “Singapore, Singapore.” The hack, which had existed in the app at least since Nov. 30, went viral on Dec. 10 when users started tagging their photos with the location.

The trend started when Instagram stars such as King Bach and Christian Collins started posting with the “Singapore, Singapore” tag despite being in a different location altogether. Throughout the existence of the bug, Twitter was flooded with posts regarding it.

”Singapore, Singapore' posts do way better. It 100% works,” a verified Instagram user told Tech.mic.

People even tweeted about the hack.

Instagram confirmed to BBC Friday that it was a “bug that impacted engagement.” The company spokesperson added that the issue is now fixed.

The cause of the bug has not yet been revealed by Instagram, it is expected to be a bug in the geo-tagging algorithm, which immediately got posts tagging Singapore as their location to the app’s explore page making it reach a much wider audience than it would have without the tag.

The company has not taken any action against the accounts or posts using the hack at the time of writing