Instagram bots: services that have been around for years to increase likes and comments on content. With the swipe of a credit card, users can add thousands of followers to their account in an instant. A photo that was receiving minimal interactions can receive thousands of likes and comments overnight. Certainly, this isn’t a new concept as we’ve touched upon the use of Instagram bots last year. More influencers and brands have been turning to these services, and Instagram has taken notice. They’re now working to end this situation.
Why do influencers and brands turn to Instagram bots in the first place? One reason is that with a larger following and engagement rate, influencers can charge more to brands when promoting their products. It also creates a more “legit” look to one’s profile; real users are more likely to follow a brand with a larger following because of this. The steady increase of influencers active on Instagram has created more competition to work with brands and draw authentic attention to their content. Instagram bots quickly and easily became the solution to create the illusion of a high-profile account.
If you have been relying on third-party apps and services to drive your engagement, do not be surprised when the next time you log into Instagram to receive an in-app message saying that fake likes, comments, and followers are being removed from your account. While your past activity will not be affected, Instagram will ask you to change your password to prevent these apps from accessing your account. If this is not followed through, the app says that you may see your “Instagram experience impacted.” Be sure to take the necessary steps now to ensure your account is following all community guidelines that Instagram has provided!