Instagram drops the hammer in spam account purge

Shortly after announcing that it had reached 300 million users last week, Instagram stated that it would be adding verified accounts and cracking down hard on spammers. Well it appears that the hammer has officially started coming down, and users are in an uproar over their lost followers.

In response to the ban-hammer, people have taken to none other than Twitter to complain about losing followers:

Those are just a couple of examples of the collective outcry, but it's important to remember that while such a loss may be heartbreaking to some, all of the accounts that are being deleted are either fake or inactive. It's like those people were never even there. According to Instagram's help page:

We want the to maintain the best possible experience on Instagram, so spam, fake accounts and other people and posts that don't follow our Community Guidelines may be removed from Instagram.

On a slightly less dramatic note, not everyone is playing chicken little:

Sources: Instagram; Twitter