Instagram ousting fake followers from accounts

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"Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions", Instagram wrote in its blog post.

"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 social media service said, without elaborating. Such users will receive an in-app alert, that informs them that their account has been used to generate inauthentic activity on the platform.

The announcement comes amid intense public scrutiny on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites following revelations that Russian intelligence operatives used false accounts to published inaccurate reports in a bid to influence the 2016 presidential election.

As of Monday, November 19, fake followers obtained through third-party applications will be removed from Instagram.

They say the move is "just another step" to keep Instagram "a vibrant community where people connect in authentic ways".

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Instagram is cracking down on fake accounts.

No more fake fans in the Instagram universe.

Instagram says it's also planning to take "additional measures" to tackle inauthentic activity in the near future. In an update to its Community Guidelines and Terms of Use, the Facebook-owned service claims that machine learning tools will help eliminate inauthentic activity generated from such accounts.

They will also be told to change their password to secure their account because fakers often hand over their login details to third-party apps which then work to make them look more popular.

Instagram is also issuing a warning to users who have granted access to apps that promise to increase their follower counts with bots.