These days, the bad guys are a lot more threatening. Hackers steal Important, sensitive data and threaten to release it. For this so many other security reasons, Instagram is taking many steps to limit inauthentic activity on its system. This step is one of them.
Instagram announced it will be removing fake comments, likes, and followers from accounts that use third-party applications to boost their popularity.
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The company will accomplish this through the use of machine learning tools built to identify such accounts.
Users Accounts identified as having used third-party applications to generate inauthentic activity will receive an in-app message notifying them that the activity has been removed.
Those accounts will also be asked to change their account’s password, which was likely shared with the third-party applications.
Account who unknowingly shared their accounts login password with other apps may be asked to change their password as well.
Users that choose to continue using third-party apps to bolster their perceived popularity may see their Instagram experience impacted, the company says.
The company did not specify what that means exactly, but my guess is the reach of those accounts will be limited.
Users may even be suspended, as third-party applications that generate inauthentic activity are a violation of Instagram’s community guidelines.
Purging inauthentic activity will be an ongoing effort for Instagram, so this is not just a one-and-done accident.