Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
IT | By Darin Griffith

Instagram Is Now Straight-Up Deleting Fake Likes, Follows, And Comments

Instagram Is Now Straight-Up Deleting Fake Likes, Follows, And Comments

With #FakeNews as a headlining topic due to Trump comments, social media has been filled with non-credible misinformation, and Instagram wants to avoid further issues.

Even if you've never actually used one of these services to artificially inflate the popularity of a post or profile on Instagram, it sounds like you may still see this notice.

Facebook-owned Instagram is cracking down on fake likes and followers by removing them from accounts that have used a third-party service to get more engagement.

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Instagram isn't naming which third-party apps are responsible for the fake activity.

"Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions", Instagram wrote in its blog post.

According to Instagram, the company has built machine-learning tools to help identify accounts that have generated bogus followers and activity.

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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.

[Photo via] Instagram also notes that they're aware some people may have unknowingly shared their login credentials with these apps.

"Since the early days of Instagram, we have auto-detected and removed fake accounts to protect our community". Those who knowingly continue to use this app will find their "Instagram experience impacted". Instagram is arguably the biggest, public social network around right now, and fake likes and followers can really be a problem for the platform's authenticity. Those folks will see a message notifying them that those apps' access has been revoked, and that they'll need to change their passwords as well.

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