Instagram removes fake followers, comments and likes generated by third-party apps
Instagram takes steps to limit non-genuine activities on its network. The company announced that it would remove fake subscribers, likes and comments from accounts using third-party apps to increase their popularity. To do this, Instagram will use machine learning tools designed to identify these accounts.
Accounts identified as having used third-party applications to generate an inauthentic activity will receive an in-app message informing them that the activity has been deleted. These accounts will also be prompted to change their password, which has probably been shared with third-party applications.
Users who unknowingly share their login information with another app may also be prompted to change their password. Accounts that choose to continue using third-party apps to boost their perceived popularity might see their Instagram experience affected, the company said.
Instagram did not say exactly what that means, but I guess the scope of these accounts will be limited. Accounts can even be suspended because third-party apps that generate inauthentic activity violate the rules of the Instagram community.
Purge of non-genuine activities will be an ongoing effort for Instagram. This is not a one-off event. This is just one of the measures taken by the company to reduce the inauthentic activity. Updates on further actions will be declared in the coming weeks.