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:
On a slightly less dramatic note, not everyone is playing chicken little:
so glad instagram cleaned out the spam followers, i hated getting those free iphone comments and all that other fake stuff. stay off my pageso glad instagram cleaned out the spam followers, i hated getting those free iphone comments and all that other fake stuff. stay off my page— Bryant Eslava (@bryanteslava) December 18, 2014
Sources: Instagram; Twitter
Master your iPhone in minutes
iMore offers spot-on advice and guidance from our team of experts, with decades of Apple device experience to lean on. Learn more with iMore!