Instagram kills off fake followers, threatens accounts that keep using apps to get them

Instagram is battling automated applications that people use to leave unwanted comments or follow others to stop following others in hopes of increasing their audience. Today, Instagram is removing accounts from people who use these unauthenticated apps, likes likes and comments that violate their policies; sending them a warning to change their password to cut links with these applications, and say that people who continue to use these applications "can see their Instagram experience impacted." Instagram tells me that "you can limit access to certain functions, for example" for those users

Instagram also hopes to discourage users from ever giving another company the login data in their accounts, since this may cause them to be hacked or have your account used to send unwanted mail. So, if the followers of Instagram accounts decrease, it is not because that profile offends people, but because they are false. The renewed vigor of policy enforcement comes amid the ongoing threat of disinformation campaigns on Facebook and Instagram designed to polarize communities and influence elections in the United States and abroad. Facebook has said that inauthentic accounts are often the root of these campaigns, and only eliminated 754 million false accounts in the last quarter, and stopping these spam applications could prevent them from using customer accounts. Instagram has been eliminating fake accounts since at least 2014, but this is the first time that publicly discussing how to remove fake "likes" from publications. Now he says: "We have created machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use [third-party apps for boosting followers] and eliminate inauthentic activity."

Some of the most popular bot applications for growing followers like Instagress and Social Growth have been closed. but others like Archie, InstarocketProX and Boostio charge between $ 10 and $ 45 per month. They often claim not to violate Instagram policies, although they do. The New York Times discovered that many famous celebrities had tended to buy fake Twitter followers from a company called Devumi.

Users usually have to provide their username and password to these services, which then take control of their accounts and automatically like, comment and follow the accounts associated with the desired hashtags to trick them into following the user without scruples. Users of the spam application will now be scolded by Instagram, which will send "a message within the application that will notify them that we have deleted the" likes ", comments and comments given to others by their account" and they are will tell you to change your passwords.

InstarocketProX announces how to fake "like" and follows your account to get followers. However, a big question is whether Instagram will take tougher measures in ads for services that sell fake followers that appear in your application. I've seen this in the past and, at times, they disguise themselves as analytical applications to help influential people track the size of their audience. We asked Instagram and a spokesperson told us: "The ads are also subject to our Community Standards, which prohibit spam activity, such as collecting likes, followers, etc., so it's right that the ads that promote These services violate our policies. Feel free to inform them if you see them. "

Fan accounts in apps like Instagram have become measures of influence, credibility, and people's earning potential.This is becoming especially true for the stars of social media that receives payments for brand sponsorships in part according to the size of their audience Now that brands are paying "nanoinfluencers" with only a thousand followers to publish sponsored content, the appeal of using these services can be high and lead to an immediate return of the illicit investment.

If nobody can believe those charges They are accurate, it calls into question the legitimacy of Instagram, and every time you receive a notification about a false follow-up or "Like", it distracts you from real life, dilutes the quality of conversation on Instagram and makes people less likely to stick with the application. or to pay for false followers does not deserve your attention, and Instagram should not stop canceling their accounts if they do not stop.