Instagram Clears Out Spambots, Introduces Verification

Instagram is cleaning house.

As part of a recent effort to gradually delete spambots and inactive accounts on their app, they seem to have done a massive sweep in the past day, as many have taken to Twitter to note.

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Of course, as is to be expected in our subscription/follower-driven society, there was some freaking out over the decision.

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But another change has taken place with Instagram today in an attempt to make accounts more legit: verification, such as seen on Twitter and Facebook, is now possible.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 3.37.02 PMIt appears that these changes may still be rolling out for the next several days, so keep an eye out on your own follower count if that’s something you’re really into, and cross your fingers for confirmation that celebrity account you’re following with lots of personal pictures isn’t secretly just a very dedicated stalker.

 

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