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Social Black Market Takes A Beating From Instagram

Dec 19, 2014 Posted by :   Jerry Kolman 1 Comment

UNITED KINGDOM — Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all took turns swinging at the social media black market. One who hasn’t yet, was Instagram. Well, that changed today.

Instagram is still a fairly new social platform and is currently growing in users. With that being said, Instagram wanted to crack down on fake accounts to make sure its black market problem doesn’t grow out of control. Since Instagram is owned by Facebook, it surely knows why its better to crack down on this early — and not let it spiral out of control.

This is exactly what Instagram did, it took down millions of followers from celebrities to authoritative public figures. This showed exactly who was buying fake Instagram followers and also put celebrities in a tight spot. One thing that the media forgot to mention, is that the drop in followers is also based on ‘unactive’ accounts.

That doesn’t mean they are necessarily ‘fake’ in nature.

But inactive accounts are just thousands, not millions. Every social media store on the web saw an impact with this ‘purge’. We contacted all the top providers and stores about the issue. This morning, the top 5 social media providers for these services, including Rantic, had an emergency conference meeting.

Luckily, Instagram was only to terminate 40% of the fake accounts that are considered ‘active’. This means that it is still game on and not all fake followers will drop. Expect the purge to continue for a few more days. We’re confident that most of our clients are safe.

Note to all our worried clients, hang in there!

What You Need To Know About The “Instagram Purge”

Dec 19, 2014 Posted by :   Jerry Kolman 1 Comment

It’s probably the first time that Instagram hits its users hard with a mass clean up. We warned the media that millions of accounts were going to get wiped out and celebs were going to feel some type of way. Whether you’re worried about your account or curious about buying Instagram followers, here’s what you need to know.

Recently, Instagram had announced that they were on the verge of deleting ‘fake or inactive’ accounts. This occurred after they had hit 300M users and showed Twitter who’s boss. Instagram doesn’t want its social platform to end up like Facebook, although fake fans are an unstoppable business.

Instagram began scanning all their accounts just a few days ago, to detect any suspicious activity. Luckily, a few months ago Rantic.com stopped selling ‘low quality’ followers. With that being said, our clients who purchased Instagram followers before August, will likely see a drop in followers.

As part of our policy, we offer FREE refills if any accounts see a drop. Our drops are likely to be very small and some celebrities with big followings won’t see much of a change. ALL social stores that sell Instagram services are seeing their client’s profiles drop in followers.


“In December 2014, we’re fixing an ongoing issue that incorrectly includes inactive or fake accounts in follower/following lists.” Instagram wrote in a news release.

Our Russian business partner told the International Business Times that up to 10 million fake Instagram accounts could be wiped out in a matter of days.

It looks like accounts are starting to drop. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Ma$e, Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne and EVEN INSTAGRAM (chuckle), have all seen a drop in followers. Most of these celebrities saw a huge drop that dipped in the millions.

Unfortunately, its not over yet. There are still millions of accounts to be wiped out and it’s only going to be the beginning of a long annoying ‘Instagram Purge‘.