3 days ago
If you woke up to check your Instagram and noticed something a little off, you weren’t the only one.
Yes, you might have spotted some of your favourite influencer taking to social media this morning to bitch about a sudden loss of followers on their Instagram pages, well, Instagram has now released a statement saying they are investigating the issue.
But what actually went on after we all went to bed last night and before we woke up?
Early reports suggested that Instagram took actions overnight to rid the platform of accounts they believed to be fake.
As we are increasingly aware, many Instagrammers buy followers through multiple website in the form of bot profiles, however, there are some that gain these bot followers unbeknownst to them.
People were outraged, especially those who saw significant drop in their follower numbers.
However, if the overnight ‘glitch’ was a deliberate act to shut down fake accounts then it shouldn’t have come as a surprise after, according to Fast Company, Instagram announced they would be doing so back in November. “We’re taking a number of steps to limit this kind of unwelcome behaviour,” they wrote at the time. “We will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity.” Source: Dailyedge 📝: @Pyetrader