You’re in an exotic location where time seems to stand still. A farmer dressed in an outfit fit for the 19th Century walks slowly past, leading his buffalo to the field through the morning mist. Fishermen in straw hats mend their nets, effortlessly standing in the best light possible. If it all sounds too good to be true, it is, at least in Xiapu County in rural China where “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”.
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Facebook recently filed lawsuits against developers who were abusing their platform, including both Facebook and Instagram. One of them was selling fake likes, comments, views, and followers. But the other is way more dangerous, as it collected users’ personal information from Facebook.
I believe most of us use Instagram, either for personal or business purposes. Therefore, I want to warn you that there seems to be a new phishing scam going around on Instagram at the moment. By sending fake copyright notices, hackers are trying to get your account details and hack your account.
In this age of “fake news” and misinformation, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find truly genuine honest content online, particularly on social media, some platforms are trying to do something about it. In this case, Instagram. Instagram says they began working with third-party fact-checkers back in May in the USA, and now the programme being expanded globally.
I guess we all know that most of the stuff on Instagram is fake: likes and followers, travels, faces and bodies, even pancakes! So it’s probably not a surprise that a young woman recently posted a fake hiking photo which was taken in her own backyard. But what makes it funny is that she got busted for it by her own sister.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an Instagram influencer, we all invest a significant amount of time and effort cultivating an eager crowd of social media followers.
So haven’t you always wanted to know how much your Instagram account is worth – and how fake your (and others) followers are?
Well, I recently came across two free online tools that do just that. In this article, I will put my own Instagram account (@jpdanko) to the test, along with a few well known creative industry related to Instagram influencers!
Last year Instagram started removing fake follows, comments, and likes from the platform. However, the fight has just got fiercer. Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, has recently filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand-based company that offered these services.
It’s nothing new that Instagram celebrities share fake stuff on their profiles: from fake pancakes to a (poorly) photoshopped trip to Paris. But sadly, millions of followers believe that their lives are indeed just as glamorous as they portray them. YouTube and Instagram star Gabbie Hanna decided to do something about it. She posted a series of photos from this year’s Coachella, but all of them were photoshopped. Rather than being busted by followers, she admitted herself that she faked the whole thing. She basically fought fire with fire because she wanted to show how easy it is for social media to fool us.
Whether we like it or not, Instagram influencers are a thing and they can make some serious cash from… influencing. But some of them “fake it till they make it” and use all sorts of cunning tricks to appear way more popular than they are. In his latest book, photographer Trey Ratcliff has decided to expose these fake influencers and reveal the tricks they use to create the fake following and get companies to pay them for sponsored posts.
In addition to removing fake accounts, Instagram is now also removing fake likes, comments and follows on it users’ profiles. From now on, the app will remove any inauthentic activity from accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience.