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How to avoid spam on instagram?

How to avoid spam on instagram?

How to avoid spam on instagram?

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“How has Instagram so successfully avoided spam and follower count gaming that plagued Twitter in its early years?” was the title  ReadWriteWeb used in a recent post the recent rise of Spam on Instagram.

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But the truth is that there is a huge and “unstoppable” spam-proliferating fake accounts these last weeks on Instagram.

These spamming account use “fake names”, and do not post pictures on their feeds.

They are just promoting “again and again” links to “absurd sites” that could help you getting new followers and likes, but also possibility to become a model or work soon on future Tv Series cast

It´s really annoying and our community is starting to get really bored by these “low-cost marketing strategies” and behaviors.

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What Can I do today against Spam on Instagram?

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Today there is unfortunately “really few we can do” against Spam as it´s the work of Bots invading Instagram through its open developers Api.

Most of the Instagramers simply use the “reporting” button in their comments feed. But it seems the Spam Bots are still alive and they daily create tons of new “fake accounts” generating tons of fake comments. At the moment, Instagram Community Team is probably submerged by million of “report abuse” notifications but that´s all we can do.

Sometimes these “bots” also catch directly real profile pictures (randomly) from other real users. That´s why many affected users reported me recently they find their own profiles pics on others fake spammers accounts.

Probably another trick to get our attention with a “familiar” friend profile pic… Really embarrasing. The definitive solution is on Instagram´s hands.

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So What Instagram is doing about it?

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You have to know that Instagram is conscious of this situation and working hardly against bots and spammers. They are totally aware that keeping spam at bay is a key point for the future of the app, most of all when Instagram web profiles launched last week will mean that spammers will be more incentivized to place links.

“So it looks like instagram have disabled commenting access for all third party tools and then will re-enable them on a per-app basis after vetting the app” says Mykel.
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Not bad idea. Instagram Api is definitely a wide open door to manipulate and hack tons of our accounts each day. By controlling the use of the Api and accepting only “checked and homologated apps” Instagram will control directly the spam from the roots!
Hope it will work!
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@philgonzalez

32 Comments

  1. When I try to delete the spam, I have to delete twice. The first time it shows an error message that I’m not online and can’t report. It always works the second time. Also, when photos go pop , they pop right back off. Some instagrammers think this is caused by people reporting photos as inappropriate on the pop page. I believe all of the bots are causing this phenomenon. Ig has had problems since Android was introduced. It became 10 times worse after the Facebook take over. I hope instagram can fix this soon. I know many are frustrated. The spam has taken some of the shine away from the little app I use to love. @misvincent

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    • Hi Melissa,

      Some people reported us what you comment here. It´s really a shame that people think about flagging people on the pop page.. So shameful . Thanks for your comment!

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      • hi Mrs/ Mr Phil
        i cant follow people on instagram i dont know why !! i folllowed 700 account and after that i cannot now follow any account on instagram

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    • I am extremely irritated by spammers too, but I don’t like your implication that IG ‘s availability to Android users has made the app worse. I really hope you’re not saying that android availability was a bad idea, because if IG were apple only, people like myself who cannot afford an iPhone would be excluded. I’m sure a fair solution is possible, even with the Facebook buy out, probably. Thanks for looking towards a solution, though! :)

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  2. Getting rid of spam, in any of its forms, is a constant never-ending pain, when developers find a way to filter spam automatically, spammers find a way to work around it.

    Reporting it’s not a minor thing in this battle, it is crucial, because developers may find a new pattern of spam because of your report, and with that information, they may find a way to fight it back.

    I don’t think there’s going to be any definitive solution, but I think the best solution will be in the hands of both, users and developers, working together. @adriufita

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    • I do agree Adriana.. Its the best thing we can do at the moment. Thanks!

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      • Are you serious?! There’s spam on a post about how to AVOID spam?! I think the root of the problem is actually this obsession with getting obscene amounts of followers : if IG really wants to stop spam, it should remove the public follower number on top of the profile in the next update :it works for tumblr! I’m gonna go suggest that in my review on Google play, and I’d encourage anyone who agrees that popularity contests are BS should do the same!

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  3. Thanks for doing this post, Phil. The spam is really growing on Instagram lately. I block and report it every time it comes in on one of my photos or any other photo I see. I’m optimistic this will make a difference. Instagram needs to take this issue seriously.

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  4. Make it worse, the span invades my twitter via Instagram. Since I share my photos on twitter now I get stupid Justin Beiber spam tweets with instagram photos. Its pisses me off.

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  5. Spam becoming an issue again for me but doesn’t appear to be so for those I follow.

    After the problems of a few months ago when spammers have seem to diminished it is once again an issue for me.

    I am sure that previously if I blocked a user then their “like” would disappear from my feed.

    Looking at the instagram help pages this no longer appears to be the case. I diligently report and block all spam accounts but this is once again becoming a real issue for me. I would say on average five of my likers per post are get more user accounts and it is starting to spoil my experience.

    I am neither able to contact instagram directly to complain and ask them to look at my account specifically.

    Can someone advise me if changing my user name might help? I would obviously like to keep my feed.

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  6. I personally am sick of it. I am not that popular and I have 114 followers. I keep getting spammed and r wondering why because my account I s private, please follow me on insa. 3muscatears.

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  7. Are there is away to bring back the contacts wish we do a spam for them..?

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  9. hello! today I came to this website to answer my questions and my question was definitely answered. just this morning I wanted to see how many spam accounts were following me. by the time I blocked all of them, I had dropped 200 followers. now instead of 655, I have 439. I was shocked at the amount of spammers wer following me. and I noticed that the spammers had te same profile picture in some cases. there is a “girl” called Nicole Nicole and there is a “boy” named Justin Justin but they both have the same profile picture of a women. deleting my instagram is not an option, but I will definitely consider it I this gets out of hand.

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  10. The other day I had 1k followers on instagram&now I have 3k followers but its all the fake/spam accounts following me, I tried to block them all but now when I go on my followers it only come up with a couple of people so I can’t delete them&when I go on ig exorcist it says I have 1k followers&none of the spam/fake accounts come up! I really don’t know what to do please help me!!

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    • Did u purchase followers/likes from Tagliker.com or a service a similar to it? These websites mass “like” other users photos using popular hashtags and in turn these users like your photos or follow you in return. But that could lead u suspectable to thosands of spam accounts also. The reason that igexorcist doesn’t show all your followers is because the majority of your spam followers have already been deleted by Instagram but due to a bug in the system-your follower count doesnt update and still counts those deleted users. Instagram is working on fixing this.

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  11. There is an app that I like to use for this, instaghost. It is like igexorcist but let’s you manually pick the people you want to Unfollow You by blocking and then unblocking them. It’s not hard to find the spammers by reading their double names. The downfall is that ig only allows you to block/unblock 99 people/hour … I think ig let’s you block unlimited people though… I’m not sure. If ig lifted this limit it will be easier to block the spam accounts. Or does anyone know of an app that allows you to block followers on instagram?

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    • interesting tip. I will definitely have a look to the Instaghost app and see how it works. i didnt know there was a max o 100 users you could block per day. Is its confirmed?

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  12. I have found that if you don’t use tags from apps like tagstagram, tags for likes, etc. Then you won’t get these bot followers. However if you use custom tags you created yourself, don’t use ones relating to following, e.g. #follow me #followforfollow #f4f. I have a 1.1k account with about only four or so bots, and that’s since I used #f4f a few times.

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    • Thanks very much Person. We have the same info and we are preparing a special article around that! Will take in account your thoughts!
      Best

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  13. My account has been hacked TWICE by fake accounts. My friend has gained over 500 followers in 2 hours by fake people following her! Instagram needs to fix this!

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  14. Hey,
    I have instagram for two years now and I never had a problem with it. But since a week ago I gain 100 followers a day and when I check the accounts, they are all fake spam accounts! I’m repporting them and blocking them every day again but the next day, they follow me again.. I really don’t want these stupid fake followers. And they are all the same, all the accounts have two pictures with the text ‘gain real followers go to igersgram.com’ . It’s really annoying.. Can you please help me to stop this?

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  15. Can you help me, I have all these fake accounts/spams liking my pics & there are over 100 to report individually! It’s super annoying. I love everything about instagram but this is really annoying & it’s time consuming having to report every single one. Please help. Thank you!!!!

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  16. That’s happen basically when people use a lot of hashtags and remove them and change them to get like. They get spammers too. Stopping to tag compulsively is the best way to stop spam ;) best

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  17. I’m getting a lot of random followers, like in 5-10 minutes i got like 50 followers I’m getting freaked out
    @_izzysanchez go see for your self

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  18. Hi i am very nervous, a person just commented on my photo, saying that if I click on her account i would get about 216 likes for my pictures. I deleted that comment and reported that user. Just out of interest, what would happen if you pressed on that persons fake website accidentally, would that allow them to hack my account. If that happened would I be able to retrieve my account?

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  19. on instagram its not letting me delete my pictures like it shows white blank screens it wont load n it wont let me get ride of them!! N also i got spam blocked for no reason I can’t do anything to my Bio I can’t change anything not even my username like this is messed up I need help on this cuz I’m rlly bout to delete instagram if no one gets me off spam block!!!!please help me damn-.-bms

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  20. Hey. I have about 200 followers on istagram. When I update my bio or profile, it says that I have a spamming problem. I never spam! Why would I? Spamming is stupid. I can’t update my profile. I emailed instagram and they said they don’t know? Help?

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  21. Instagram become little bit dangerous now, there’s too many problem, such as spam, and malware activity.
    On the past, IG has a great support and fast action.

    I got a painful experience a couple days ago. I’m interested to used a site which can detect your IG statistic, but that site is not official from Instagram or Statigram. And I must login with my IG account, they said they’re not collected any username and password, and the pop up perfectly same as IG login page.
    After that, my account keep liking random photos non stop, so I got temporary banned and I can’t revoke the app access because it not appearing in my IG setting.

    I think it’s phising, because after I change my password, my account stop liking.
    And if that a phising, they can using your account for spamming too.

    So be careful, just login to IG official sites :)

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