Instagram #notspam

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InstagramNotSpamEveryone quickly! repost this image with #notspam. Instagram is taking down spam and bot accounts but this will tell them that you are not spam and they will not delete your account.

Ok people it’s time to stop being stupid, over the past 48 hours this image has been bouncing around Instagram. People are genuinely believing that their account will be deleted if they do not repost an image with a hashtag.

Firstly check the actual privacy policy on the actual Instagram side, not only is this “Important update” not anywhere to be found but the thing hasn’t been changed in months! Now i’m not saying that Instagram are not culling spam accounts, of course they do and its fairy safe to say they have been for a long time.

From their terms of use

“You must not create accounts with the Service through unauthorized means, including but not limited to, by using an automated device, script, bot, spider, crawler or scraper. “

This is totally fair enough and quite simple, bots and spam Instagram accounts are a violation of their terms, as a result they reserve the right to close the account.

Violation of these Terms of Use may, in Instagram’s sole discretion, result in termination of your Instagram account. You understand and agree that Instagram cannot and will not be responsible for the Content posted on the Service and you use the Service at your own risk. If you violate the letter or spirit of these Terms of Use, or otherwise create risk or possible legal exposure for Instagram, we can stop providing all or part of the Service to you.

So here, clearly Instagram say themselves they they may delete bots and spam accounts however these accounts would be detected by complicated, very clever computer algorithms which are able detect common spam behaviour such as posting close to exactly on the minuet (obviously timer has been used), frequent posting of flyer style images and using many like fishing hashtags (it seems every 14 year old girl also falls under all the behavioural characteristics of a spamming computer).

Finally use some common sense people, why would posting to #notspam mean you aren’t a bot if this was real all the spammers would just post the same image and be ‘safe’.

Stupid people make me cry.

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