Instagram is cracking down on fake likes, follows and comments

Instagram is cracking down on fake likes, follows and comments

Moving forward, using third-party services to gain followers and enhance engagement is against the app's Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.

With the update, Instagram warns that users who have shared their account details with third-party apps should reset their password to help with the same.

Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook obviously attract a ton of people, and when you have platforms as massive as these are, some have the temptation to artificially inflate things such as likes and follows to increase their popularity.

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It's also common for those same social media stars to buy followers or boost the number of likes or comments on a post with a third-party app. These bung accounts will be identified using moderation tools built on machine learning, after which their fake-ass shit will be deleted without the need to remove the whole thing, which is something it's done in the past. The owners of the flagged accounts will be alerted of the deletion of all fake likes, follows, and comments. It'll also prompt you to change your password to lock those third-party services out of your account. Instagram, for its part, says it will be ramping up its efforts along these lines even more so than what it included in the announcement today.

Instagram is taking steps to limit inauthentic activity on its network.

Instagram is using computer algorithms to pinpoint the problematic accounts, which will then "receive an in-app message alerting them that we have removed the inauthentic likes, follows and comments given by their account to others", the service said. "We're removing activity like new followers from these apps to protect our community from inauthentic activity".

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