Instagram removes inauthentic likes, comments to fight automated bots..

An internet bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks (scripts) over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone.


However, as regards to Instagram this bots are automated applications that gives people more likes and shares on Instagram.


On Instagram, Bots make ideal fake followers, since they can follow a large number of accounts at once. There is no shortage of them online. In early 2017, data security company Imperva released its bot report, finding that bots accounted for 51.8% of all online traffic the year prior. Good bots made up 22.9% of that total; but bad bots, including ones that cracked passwords or carried viruses, accounted for 28.9%.That 28.9% is cause for concern.


“The risks of being followed by a bot outweigh the benefits,” says Pete Hunt, the CEO of Smyte, a company that fights online fraud. ”Odds are the bot is benign, most likely connecting with you to make itself appear more realistic.



However, bots are also used to attack people. The bot may befriend you so it can send you private messages with spam or phishing attempts.”


Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform has announced the latest step to purge inauthentic comments from accounts that used third-party apps or bots 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 behavior is bad for the community… and violates our Community Guidelines and Terms of use 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 behavior may have their login information hacked or exposed and exploited to send spam.


“These new measures will be ongoing, and accounts that continue to use third-party apps to grow to see their Instagram experience impacted,” the company said. Instagram has long been fighting unauthentic activity on its platform by taking out fake accounts, similar action against false likes before.



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


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