A strange Instagram follower count glitch strikes, causing the ostensible loss of millions across many high-profile accounts…
“We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.”
It’s hitting high-profile accounts, including YouTubers James Charles and Zach Clayton, along with other celebrities, such as Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez. All have seen millions of losses in follower counts.
Instagram Follower Count Glitch causes Millions of Losses
Although, this might not be a total fluke. At least part of the disappearing followers could be due to Instagram’s recent pledge to purge fakes. Instagram wrote back in November:
“We will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity.”
Of course, it’s probably more likely the phenomenon comes from a glitch, rather than just a crackdown on inauthentic accounts, likes, comments, and more.