The Great Instagram Clean-UpMonday, December 22, 2014
Yeah, like real. LOL.
Example of Instagram Bot Buying Frenzy : Source and pic from here
Personally I have never entertained the thought of buying bots for likes and followers coz they are sooooo OBVIOUS! And why should I spend hard-earned money on something like that?? I'll just be lying to myself and wasting my money. I really cant imagine someone telling me.. "Your followers.. BUY one arh??" #nofuckingway #notsofree
Moreover, these "bought" profiles tend to have little pictures in their accounts, or are from foreign countries (like USA, Russia, Timbuktu or India) which doesnt make sense if you are a local heartland girl posting pictures of chicken rice, for example. Im not saying that people from other countries couldn't like your act-cute posing with a pink polka dot Hello Kitty plushie, but if you have hundreds of likes from weird profiles for that picture then something has to be very wrong, no?
So I applaud Instagram for acting on this swiftly enough. The accounts that have been deleted are those which post links and spam - particularly bot accounts. Bots with empty profiles take up space and by getting rid of such accounts free up user-names, get rid of spam links and improve the experience for the genuine user.
See : Instagram Explains https://help.instagram.com/566399886839044
Also see : Which Celebrities Lost the Most Instagram Followers http://www.businessinsider.sg/which-celebrities-lost-most-instagram-followers-2014-12/#.VJfwtF4AKA
I can just imagine the look when they check how many instagram followers they lost .........
So who bought followers? See : http://www.lollipop.sg/content/great-instagram-purge-find-out-which-local-bloggers-and-celebs-suffered-shocking-drop
Its not surprising if you lose some followers but if you lose more than half of your original number or an audaciously huge amount then hmmmmmm.. Your guess is as good as mine.