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Instagram Deletes Inauthentic Likes, Comments To Fight Automated Bots

Instagram has long been fighting unauthentic activity on its platform by taking out fake accounts, but it has not taken similar action against false likes before

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Facebook-owned photo sharing platform Instagram has announced the latest step to purge inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that used third-party apps to boost their popularity.

The company said that it has built Machine Learning (ML) tool to help spot accounts that used automated apps to generate likes and follows from fake users to produce a fake impression that they were enjoying more attention than they actually did.

“This type of behaviour is bad for the community… and violates our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use,” it said, reports Xinhua news agency.

Instagram advised its users not to use third-party apps to access their accounts by sharing their username and password, warning that such behaviour may have their login information hacked or exposed and their accounts being exploited to send spam.

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Instagram removes fake likes, comments to fight automated bots. Pixabay

“These new measures will be ongoing, and accounts that continue to use third-party apps to grow their audience may see their Instagram experience impacted,” the company said.

Instagram has long been fighting unauthentic activity on its platform by taking out fake accounts, but it has not taken similar action against false likes before.

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The company’s updated step to enforce policy followed its parent company Facebook’s recent campaign against misformation and foreign attempts to exert political influence among its users. (IANS)

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Instagram to Test Donation Sticker on its Stories Feature

Since Instagram has not offcially addressed the subject as yet, whether or not donation sticker rolls out to the public still remains unclear

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Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is reportedly testing a donation sticker on its Stories feature that would offer fundraising and donation tools for charity or personal reasons.

“Instagram is working on ‘Donation’ sticker. It lets users start fundraisers for their favorite non-profits,” tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted on Monday.

Facebook has been hosting such fundraising tools since 2015 and it recently dropped fees associated with those donations.

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

“Over the past few years, Instagram has been experimenting with what payments would look like on the platform, but it has so far only released test features to allow select users to book spa appointments and restaurant reservations,” The Verge reported.

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Instagram has also been developing a standalone app for shopping indicating the possibility for payment functionalities to also exist on Stories, the media has reported.

Since Instagram has not offcially addressed the subject as yet, whether or not donation sticker rolls out to the public still remains unclear. (IANS)