Tech & Science Instagram is starting to crack down on fake account activity

09:20  21 april  2017
09:20  21 april  2017 Source:   Tech Insider

Facebook rolls out features to curb fake news

  Facebook rolls out features to curb fake news Facebook is adding changes to its systems that will make it harder for fake news to be spread and eliminate fake accounts. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook will incorporate patterns of activity including posting the same content or a higher volume of messages than normal in an effort to stop fake accounts from being accounted. “We’ve found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly,” Facebook technical program manager Shabnam Shaik wrote in a post explaining the decisions.

Instagram is cracking down on fake account activity with the closing of Instagress, a popular third-party service that advertised itself as an automated way to “get real The move signals that Facebook-owned Instagram is starting to address the proliferation of so-called bot activity on its platform.

Instagram is cracking down on fake account activity with the closing of Instagress, a popular third-party service that advertised itself as an automated way to "get real The move signals that Facebook-owned Instagram is starting to address the proliferation of so-called bot activity on its platform.

s8 vs iphone screen instagram © Provided by Business Insider Inc s8 vs iphone screen instagram Instagram is cracking down on fake account activity with the closing of Instagress, a popular third-party service that advertised itself as an automated way to "get real Instagram followers and become incredibly popular."

Instagress said it was forced to shut down its service, which let people pay to have their accounts automatically like and comment on other photos, "by request of Instagram" on Thursday. The tool is "like creating a small robot clone of yourself with the same interests and style, and then letting it work for you on Instagram" to gain followers, according to the now-shuttered Instagress website.

Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts

  Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts Facebook on Wednesday said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages.  The security improvement was described as being part of a broader effort to rid the leading social network of hoaxes, misinformation, and fake news by making sure people are who they claim to be.

If you lost a bunch of followers on Instagram today, don’t freak out -- your account hasn't been hacked nor have you started being less awesome, instead the. Earlier this month, Instagram announced that it now has more than 300 million active users.

The Facebook-owned social network this week greeted users with notes in their activity feeds letting The social network is likely cracking down on fake accounts to ensure it provides accurate “It’s harder for Instagram to pick it up as a fake account ,” said William Howard, a spokesman for Rantic.

The move signals that Facebook-owned Instagram is starting to address the proliferation of so-called bot activity on its platform.  An Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider on Thursday that "we don’t comment on specific apps" and shared a link to Instagram's developer policy, which prohibits the selling of Instagram data by third parties.

In a recent post on PetaPixel, a photographer named Calder Wilson described how he used Instagress for two years to like thousands of photos and make thousands of comments per month. "In an environment where we equate more likes and followers with better photos and better photographers, for many think it’s a no-brainer to bot their account," he wrote.

It's unclear how many users paid for Instagress, which had cost $10 per month, but the service had been operational for at least three years before shutting down on Thursday. A 2015 research study estimated that around 8% of all Instagram accounts were likely automated spam accounts, and that hundreds of third-party services sold fake followers or fraudulent activity on the platform.

Google refines its search results to curb fake news .
Google's quest to fight fake news isn't stopping with identifying bogus stories and an emphasis on fact-checking. You'll have more opportunities to influence the results, too. It's now much easier to flag sketchy material when it pops up in either the search box's autocomplete results or Featured Snippets (the prominent text box that sometimes appears at the top of results). If you get a conspiracy theory snippet or a racist autocomplete suggestion, you can let Google know by tapping a simple feedback link.

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