What you need to know
- A security research group has found a major issue with counterfeit Apple products on Instagram.
- Over 163 counterfeiters were found in a month, with one earning over $140,00 in a day.
- Apple has a team that has taken down over a million listings last year alone.
Andrea Stroppa, a cybersecurity researcher, had an iPhone charger explode on her. As reported by Bloomberg, the investigation that she and her colleagues launched afterward revealed some shocking results.
The team says that the purpose of the investigation is to show how Instagram has failed to curb counterfeit products on its platform.
A spokesperson for Facebook has pushed back, saying that they are responding to reports of counterfeit posts in as fast as a few hours.
However, responding to reports does not seem to be enough. The Ghost Data team monitored 163 counterfeiters for a month and found that their Instagram accounts uploaded over 50,000 posts promoting fake Apple products. One seller made over $140,000 in a single day. The most commonly faked products were AirPods Pro and the new MagSafe Charger.
A spokesperson for Apple says that a team within the company has also been working on the issue and removed over a million listings for counterfeit products from online marketplaces.
Facebook is currently in a major dispute over privacy with Apple, claiming that the new privacy protections in iOS 14 would greatly hurt its advertising business. A new report from earlier today, however, has shown that Facebook and Instagram are among the most invasive apps on the App Store.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.