Recently Instagram has been announcing that they are cleaning up spam accounts on the social photo sharing platform and seems like it has taken effect yesterday.
Many users have seen a decrease in follower count and the percentage lost is somewhere around 3-6% of the total number of followers one had. (Based on my own calculations).
If you have been feeling frustrated about this, don’t be as you are not the only person experiencing this. Just check out Instagram’s latest post and read the comments.
According to Instagram’s Help page:
In December 2014, we’re fixing an ongoing issue that incorrectly includes inactive or fake accounts in follower/following lists.
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.
A little discussion last night on my own Facebook shows that basically everyone is affected.
2 more FAQ on Instagram’s Help page:
What types of accounts get removed from Instagram?
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.
When accounts that aren’t allowed on Instagram get removed, how does it affect engagement on my posts?
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.
So there you go! Time to post more nice photos and capture new followers!