Instagram is cracking down on fake likes, follows and comments

Instagram is cracking down on fake likes, follows and comments

The social media network said that the move was taken after accounts started using third-party apps to artificially grow their audience. "It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren't disrupted by inauthentic activity". Such users will receive an in-app alert, that informs them that their account has been used to generate inauthentic activity on the platform. With people becoming increasingly willing to use services that allow them to get fake likes, followers, and comments, Instagram is finally taking action. Now, Instagram is putting to use newly developed machine learning tools that will detect and remove likes, follows and comments that are coming from illegitimate sources, according to the company's Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.

You are likely to lose followers and likes on your Instagram account, after the Facebook owned photo-sharing platform announced plans to boot fake followers, likes, and comments.

While there is no way to estimate how many followers or interactions an Instagram follower could lose, a similar Twitter purge over the summer saw celebrities like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber lose millions of followers as did former-U.S. President Barack Obama.

Seems like Instagram is giving users the benefit of doubt and letting everyone who misbehaved suffer only a slight change in numbers.

If you've logged in on Instagram today and wondered why your follower count dropped, then know that you're not alone.

Accounts that choose to continue using third-party apps to bolster their perceived popularity may see their Instagram experience impacted, the company says. That user will also be asked to secure their account by changing their password.

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