Instagram are removing fake likes and comments

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Instagram announced yesterday that they are going to be reducing Inauthentic activity on Instagram, in other words, Instagram are removing fake likes and comments.

It seems that social networks are getting fed up with 3rd Party apps, which of course as social media managers we need them for analytics and to check how we are performing on our social media accounts with apps like Skorr or Kred. 

All About Numbers

But it seems that we are okay on that Instagram are just targetting third-party apps which help people to artificially grow their audience, which in fact is good news for those of us who work hard for our clients to give and receive authentic likes and comments, because really fake ones are targetted so its just a numbers game.

We have seen Instagram recently removing fake accounts from the app, which is great, there are just too many of them.  Okay, it means that we might have lost or will lose some followers but we don’t need them if they are fake let’s be honest.

Instagram says that they want people to enjoy the app and to have real experiences and not have to engage with bots.  So starting now you should see some inauthentic likes, follows and comments removed from some accounts that have been using third party apps just to boost their popularity – which is going to be a bit of a blow for fake influencers on Instagram!

Instagram Bots

I’m not sure how they are going to deal with the bot issue through – the ones the people create which aren’t really app but the log in through your own account, I’m not certain how that will be detected but they say they are taking a number of steps to limit (not stop) this kind of unwelcome behavior.   They also say if you are allowing them to log in to your account, your accounts are less secure of course, and this makes it so easier for you to get hacked and to lose your account completely.

Instagram are removing fake likes and comments

Instagram are going to be removing your fake likes and comments

If you have allowed authorisation to one of these types of apps by mistake – Instagram will send you a message and allow you to revoke the access to your account.  So I don’t think you will lose your own account in the process.

Or if you want to just go there now and to check if you have any dodgy 3rd party apps on your Instagram.

How to revoke third-party access on Instagram

  1. Log in to
  2. Click your username and select “Edit Profile” in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on “Manage Applications” in the side menu.
  4. Or just go to this link –
  5. Find the application you want to revoke access for in the list (you may have more than one)
  6. Click the “Revoke Access

So hopefully the fact that Instagram are going to be removing fake likes and comments – won’t have to worry you too much. Hopefully it will just make Instagram a better place.


Source – Instagram Press