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Instagram starts purge of fake likes, follows and comments

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Cecil Davis | 20 November, 2018, 05:47

As of Monday, November 19, fake followers obtained through third-party applications will be removed from Instagram. "It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren't disrupted by inauthentic activity". Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.

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

"Recently, we've seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience", Instagram said in a post on its corporate blog. Using fake followers to boost a post or profile's visibility doesn't seem like a huge deal at first glance, but Instagram argues that it actually makes the platform less safe, as those third-party services that dole out fake likes and follows usually require that users hand over their username and password. In addition, users will be asked to change their password.

The announcement comes amid intense public scrutiny on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites following revelations that Russian intelligence operatives used false accounts to published inaccurate reports in a bid to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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Purging inauthentic activity will be an ongoing effort for Instagram, so this is not just a one-and-done occurrence. If it determines that your account has used one of these services, you'll see an in-app message when you log in that explains why this suspicious activity has been removed.

Any accounts violating will be warned and told to change their password.

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

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