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More than 18.9 million users (29pc of Instagram’s total) vanished yesterday amid the Instagram Rapture, as the image sharing social media service cracked down on a problem itself, Twitter and Facebook are constantly battling.
Justin Bieber lost 15pc of his followers, Kim Kardashian 5.5pc and Ma$e lost so many (dropping from 1.6 million to 272,000) that heapparently quit the service. (siliconrepublic.com)
The latest crop of spambots on Instagram are employing a trick even slimier than just buying fake followers: They’re stealing profiles. As The Verge reported today, some Instagram users are getting followed by their bot doppelgängers, profiles made up entirely from their ripped-off images.
This goes down because Instagram bot makers are lazy (not to mention bad at making life choices). They don’t want to come up with thousands of fake-yet-realistic digital personas, especially since the more active accounts they have control over, the more money they can make selling follows and likes from these accounts on the underground market for Instagram follows and likes.
Identity-stealing bots aren’t new on social media. Facebook and Twitter have had them for years. They’re not even new on Instagram. Instagram users have been complaining about them since at least 2012. (Kate Knibbs, Gizmodo)