"It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren't disrupted by inauthentic activity".
Why it matters: Instagram is now large enough that it can afford to trim fake users without attracting too much negative attention.
It's also common for those same social media stars to buy followers or boost the number of likes or comments on a post with a third-party app.
In a blog post published Monday, the Facebook-owned photo sharing service said it has recently noticed accounts using third-party apps to artificially grow their audience.
The app also stated in their blog that while it's "introduc [ing] bad behavior into the Instagram community", it's also making their accounts less secure. Even if you werent aware that a third-party app still had access to your Instagram account, youll still be notified to change your password. "We're removing activity like new followers from these apps to protect our community from inauthentic activity". Now is the time to keep an eye on your favorite Instagram accounts to see if they'll get a sudden drop in followers, exposing their wretched ways!
[Photo via instagram-press.com] Instagram also notes that they're aware some people may have unknowingly shared their login credentials with these apps.
You've probably realised that social media influencers' lives are not as flawless as they might appear.
Instagram is one of the most popular social networks right now, so much so that there are people making a living off their Instagram profiles similar to YouTubers.
These services often require users to hand over their private log in information, something Instagram warns violates its community guidelines and compromises individual security.