The world of Instagram influencers is a strange one. And certainly, to a large extent, a fake one. But what happens when influencers are ready to turn fake into downright dangerous? In a recent documentary by the BBC, three influencers were approached to promote a fake weight loss drink that contained cyanide. And they all said yes, agreeing to promote poison to hundreds of thousands of people.
“This past summer in Bali was everything I wanted it to be, and more. It was the kind of trip that gets you enough content to post on Instagram for a whole month so that everyone thinks you’re constantly traveling.” This is the first sentence in a brutally honest parody video, and after hearing it, I knew I was gonna love it. I was right.
Australian YouTuber Currently Hannah teamed up with her friend Just Jess to create a hilarious parody about travel influencers. No matter how much we’re aware that Instagram is full of fakery, these Insta-worthy, glamorous travels can still make us a bit jealous. But Hannah answers a big question in her video: what if travel influencers were honest?
As a part of its efforts to reduce the negative impact of its platform, Instagram is restricting posts about diet products and cosmetic surgery. From now on, posts like this will be hidden from users under 18 years of age, or even deleted from the platform completely. What’s more, the same rules will also be applied to Instagram’s parent company Facebook.
Famous travel bloggers and Instagram influencers have hundreds of thousands, even millions of followers. But Argentinian travel blogger Tupi Saravia seems to even have the same clouds following her on her travels. She was recently called out for posting photos from different locations – but most of them having the exact same clouds.
Note: I had read THIS story on Buzzfeed about a social media influencer who posted professional photos of her accident on Instagram along with what appeared to be a product placement. I thought it unbelievable until…it happened to me.
Okay guys…the first thing you need to know is that I AM OKAY. Seriously, I’m okay, but in the interest of self-promotion, here’s the scary, magical series of events exactly as they happened.
Nashville-based lifestyle blogger Tiffany Mitchell recently posted professional photos of a motorcycle accident she had. As if posting (and even having) such photos wasn’t weird enough, they also contained conveniently placed bottles of water. Because of this, the post seemed like it was sponsored, and she received lots of criticism from the community. People have been calling her out for glamourizing an accident, even for staging the whole thing for the sakes of product placement.
Having a huge number of followers on social media gives you a chance to send a message and let your voice be heard. Therefore, Dutch influencer Rianne Meijer has started a personal project to remind her 408k followers that “perfect life” they see on Instagram isn’t reality. Along with her perfectly staged photos, she also posts hilarious outtakes which prove that Insta-life isn’t at all what it seems.
We’ve all heard of Instagram influencers who ask for freebies. I’ve always thought that they usually ask for pricey stuff, such as photography services, or free accommodation on exotic locations. But it turns out that some of them go as low as asking for free ice cream in exchange for “exposure.” The owner of L.A. ice cream truck CVT Soft Serve got fed up with this. So, he decided to charge Instagram influencers double.
It’s not that rare for self-proclaimed Instagram influencers to feel like they’re entitled to getting freebies. One of them asked Betrothed & Co for a $5,000 wedding photography package, and they wanted it for free, of course. The photographers said no in a brilliant, tongue-in-cheek response, but then the person called them “abusive” and threatened to publicly shame them.
In a database recently discovered online, there was a vast number of private data of various Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brands. There were nearly 50 million people affected, and the database contained even their private data, including phone numbers and email addresses.