Instagram Finally Puts the Hammer Down on Fake Likes and Followers

Todd Singleton
November 21, 2018

Announced today, the changes will allow Instagram to straight-up remove any fake likes or follows from accounts which use third-party apps or services to pump up their numbers.

Don't freak out if you see your Instagram audience shrink in the near future.

"Every day, people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions", the company notes.

The company say they have developed tools that can identify accounts that use third-party services and apps to artificially boost their popularity.

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In today's society, it's no secret that many people try to "fake the funk" to appear a certain way or have a status on Instagram. The site states it's their "responsibility to ensure these experiences aren't disrupted by inauthentic activity".

Instagram is also asking users who have used boosting and botting services to change their password in order to resecure their accounts - 3rd party services you've used in the past could be quietly using your account maliciously.

These services often require users to hand over their private log in information, something Instagram warns violates its community guidelines and compromises individual security. "We'll have more updates in the coming weeks on additional measures we're taking to tackle inauthentic activity on Instagram", the company said. Now is the time to keep an eye on your favorite Instagram accounts to see if they'll get a sudden drop in followers, exposing their wretched ways!

Instagram said that it has developed what it described as "machine-learning" technology to identify accounts that use third-party apps that generate phoney likes and follows, calling this practice "bad for the community".

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