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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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Apple Removes App Named ‘Like Patrol’ that Stalked Users on Instagram

A user can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple has removed an app called “Like Patrol” that stalked users on Instagram and allowed those who downloaded it to scrape information from the Facebook-owned platform about the activity of other users.

“Like Patrol” was removed from the Apple App Store, following Instagram’s delivery of a cease-and-desist letter to the app’s developers for violating its policies against data collection, CNET reported on Monday.

“Scraping violates our policies, and we take action against companies who we find to be engaging in it. Like Patrol was scraping people’s data, so we are taking appropriate enforcement action against them,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Apple said the app violated its guidelines.

Sergio Luis Quintero, founder of “Like Patrol”, was quoted as saying that they will fight to get back on the App Store.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

“We strongly believe that our app does not violate Apple policies, we plan to appeal this decision in the coming days,” he said.

The app is not available in the Google Play Store for Android.

In October, Instagram killed its own ‘Following’ tab that allowed people to see what posts and accounts their friends were interacting with.

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Instagram has also rolled out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that will let users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

A user can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict. (IANS)