If you woke up today and checked your Instagram account to find out that you did lose a considerable number of followers and wondered if you’re account was hacked, well, 2 updates: one, it wasn’t hacked and two, the result of this was a massive wipe-out carried out by Instagram lately.
As a social media platform, Instagram is probably one of the biggest ones in the industry. This also makes it a target to millions of people who conduct businesses online and for some; it’s their only source of livelihood. Another aspect is that for popularity and growth, people sometimes go to great levels to increase their follower base, and at times, they go to the extent of creating fake accounts & using apps to create an artificial follower-base.
Over the years, Instagram, which started in 2010, has taken up surprise methods to wipe out their database to minimize threats. A recent one was seen just 24 hours ago and the results: celebs, famous bloggers and even business profiles ended up losing millions of followers overnight, leading to a shocking morning wake-up call!
The list had everyone from Ariana Grande to Selena Gomez and other business pages too, that were affected by the recent changes. Ironically, Instagram’s own account itself saw a decline of 3 million followers instantaneous!
The clean-up method is done with the help of Ai that checks and confirms accounts that are forged or haven’t been used since long and takes them off the platform. Regular checks like these definitely help in making websites secure, relevant and useful to the millions of authentic users that trust them.
Instagram also voiced their step and the need to do this sort of “cleansing” through an announcement.
Although the step was taken to curb the creation and hosting of bogus accounts, a lot of people were disappointed due to losing a big chunk of followers almost instantly and took up to Twitter to voice their opinions.
“Instagram deleted inactive accounts and I lost 600 followers,”
“Is @instagram glitching for anyone? My Instagram was at 166k and now it’s at 158k …. I’m so confused”
“@instagram please stop deleting fan accounts. We’re not impersonating our idols, we’re supporting them. People work hard for those accounts and for most of us, it’s our happy place. Please don’t take that away from us.”
Along with Instagram, a lot of other platforms also believe in doing such clean-ups from time-to-time. Here’s hoping such actions ensure the safety and authenticity of online platforms for longer.