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Instagram’s decision to kill millions of fake accounts has infuriated teens and celebrities around the world. As their followers began to dwindle, celebs started to despair.
According to the Post, Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million followers, Rihanna’s 1.2 million fans vanished into thin air and Katy Perry now has 300,000 followers less than she had yesterday. Even Oprah lost 100,000 bots on this social network.
Although Instagram announced the murder of spambots earlier this week, celebrities were obviously not prepared for such a cataclysm.
Here’s Instagram’s official statement:
‘’We’re in the process of fixing an issue that incorrectly includes inactive or fake accounts in follower/following lists. We want to maintain the best possible experience on Instagram, so we do our best to remove spam, fake accounts and other people and posts that don’t follow our Community Guidelines. As we remove these accounts, some people may notice a decrease in their follower/following counts.
When we remove accounts from Instagram that don’t follow our Community Guidelines, you may see a decrease in your follower count. This shouldn’t affect engagement from authentic accounts that like and comment on your posts.’’
Both of my Instagram posts today have me giving the finger because I'm angry that I went from 12.2 to 11.7 followers. IM MAD AS HELL
— Nick Ghanbarian (@nickbayside) December 19, 2014