Instagram starts purge of fake likes, follows and comments

Instagram starts purge of fake likes, follows and comments

Instagram on Monday said it is booting fake followers, likes, and comments generated by applications tailored to make accounts appear more popular than they actually are. As a result, users who are involved with the third party apps will be asked to change their password.

Instagram, not surprisingly, wants its service to be about human connections, not bots pelting members with spam interactions. The site states it's their "responsibility to ensure these experiences aren't disrupted by inauthentic activity". The statement issued by the photo & video sharing platform did not name specific apps that some users employ to boost their numbers of followers, though this type of technology can be found through the likes of Skweezer, Incentafan, Mr. Insta, Boostgram, and Turbo Like for Instagram.

Instagram is using self-improving software programs to help identify accounts that use such apps and purge products of inauthentic activity, which violates terms of service at the service.

The app also stated in their blog that while it's "introduc [ing] bad behavior into the Instagram community", it's also making their accounts less secure.

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Facebook at large, of course, has been hampered by a slew of bad news lately, with the company's ham-fisted response to inauthentic activity across its family of apps increasingly coming under scrutiny.

Instagram added that "some people may have unknowingly shared their login credentials with a third-party app", but warned that accounts that continue to use third-party apps to try to inflate their audiences "may see their Instagram experience impacted".

Also from the company's post: "Since the early days of Instagram, we have auto-detected and removed fake accounts to protect our community".

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