Instagram’s suspected “Bot Purge” turns out to be a glitch

Katie Dodshon

Katie Dodshon

February 14 • 2 minute read
So an update on the Instagram situation we reported on yesterday – Instagram confirmed several hours ago that the issue of users losing followers from their account was a glitch, ruling out a new purge of bots and fake users  

Instagram said back in November it would be taking steps to target accounts using third-party apps and bots to boost their popularity with fake likes and fake followers.   However yesterday’s issues are caused by a bug, not a purge – according to Instagram in a statement on Twitter.
 
The glitch that caused Instagram followers to disappear from user accounts has not been fixed for everyone, and there are still reports coming in from those affected by the bug, which saw hundreds of followers disappear, while others saw themselves unfollowed from other accounts.
The social-media consultant Matt Navarra has been keeping track of the most popular accounts that have been affected. He made a list including some users who have apparently lost more than a million followers, including Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, Cristiano Ronaldo and Justin Bieber
 
Instagram have emphasised they are working to fix the problem and get everyone their follower back, their’s no clear time line on exactly when this well happen though. 
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