Instagram Kills Fake Likes, Followers Generated by Shady Apps

Instagram Is Purging Fake Followers Obtained Through Third-Party Apps

Instagram doesn’t want you faking your way to popularity

The site states it's their "responsibility to ensure these experiences aren't disrupted by inauthentic activity". Todays update is just another step in keeping Instagram a vibrant community where people connect and share in authentic ways.

The company has announced it will be removing fake followers, likes, and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to inflate their popularity.

The app built a tool that will help identify these types of accounts. Or, if you're lazy and/or sneaky, you could try outsourcing the heavy lifting to one of a number of apps that use your Instagram credentials to follow, like, and comment on your behalf in an entirely automated fashion.

Now Instagram has vowed to stop fakers from artificially boosting their own popularity by buying phoney followers and using dodgy apps to make it look like they have a huge audience.

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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. Those folks will see a message notifying them that those apps' access has been revoked, and that they'll need to change their passwords as well.

"Ads are also subject to our Community Standards, which prohibit spammy activity like collecting likes, followers, etc. - so you are correct that ads promoting these services violate our policies". The social media entity is deleting all of these bot accounts as well as the comments and likes associated with them. However, the post states that the new measures will be ongoing and repeat offenders will "see their Instagram experience impacted", leaving to your imagination what might actually happen.

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks right now, so much so that there are people making a living off their Instagram profiles similar to YouTubers.

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