One of the big problems we encounter on Instagram – just like the rest of social networks – is fake accounts. We are not referring to fakes , parodies where the sense of humor reigns, but to those accounts in which behind the user there is a robot or in which the identity is supplanted to people known for advertising purposes that end up filling your Instagram with spam, your email, etc. To avoid these situations, here we will explain how to know if an Instagram account is false.
Steps to follow:
1.Among the most common attitudes of fake accounts are spam comments. It will not cost you too much to identify them, they are comments that always include the same message, the same photos, links to websites of doubtful repetition, etc. It is also quite common for comments to be in English or in a language other than Spanish. All these behaviors are clear examples that the Instagram account that sends the messages is a fake account.
2.And we can say practically the same of the mentions. If you notice that from an account you get a lot of mentions every time you post something on your Instagram, mentions or comments apparently for no reason; or comments in publications that are not yours and with which you have no relationship, the author of those comments is a false account.
3.Creating a fake account in which the name of a famous person or brand is supplanted is too common a practice in social networks. Singers, actors or sportsmen are not saved from the problem so if when looking for a known character on Instagram you have several accounts with his name and doubts about which one is true, you can see if he has the verified badge or not .
These badges are nothing more than a small white tick on a blue background with which Instagram confirms the authenticity of the account. It is identical to other social networks like Twitter.
4.We can also use applications such as IGExorcist. You must connect your Instagram account but analyze all your followers, their activity, interactions, etc. to determine those that have been inactive for more than 180 days (another indication that the account may be false) and generates a list with those inactive followers. You decide which ones you want to remove from your list of followers.
5.Finally, although it is not a 100% reliable strategy, we can look at the type of account and its activity. A recent study reveals that these fake accounts have an average of 6 publications, below the average of 55 for regular users. Only 29% of the false accounts were missing data (profile picture, biography, full name or location), so if you find an account where there is no photo, name or biography with very little activity it is very likely that you are ahead of a fake account.