Bots have invaded Instagram comments

The last thing I expected to find on Instagram was someone telling me not to look at their Story if I didn’t want to masturbate. But that comment, which I can only assume was intended reverse psychology, wasn’t just directed at me. It was left on a post from Sky Sports and, thanks to the thousands of likes garnered by the comment, it was the first thing the account’s 2.7 million followers would see when they looked at the comments on that picture. There are similar comments all over Instagram, particularly on high-profile pages with millions of followers. And they have one thing in common: They’re spam profiles with pictures and videos of naked and half-naked women, which were created to get you to look at their accounts and then have you sign up for shady pornographic sites.


Based on dozens of Instagram pages we reviewed, including those from ESPN, House of Highlights, LeBron James, Travis Scott,┬áKim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and The Fat Jewish, these types of comments are becoming commonplace. Most of the accounts posting them have similar usernames, usually a name followed by a number (e.g. “cherylmason0” or “delpha_dibbert5”), signaling a coordinated effort by a bot farm. While the most common comment seems to be “We gonna ignore the fact that I’ve GOT A HUGE BOOTY,” there are many variations of this type of spam, such as:

“DON’T LOOK at my STORY, if you don’t want to M A S T U R B A T E !”

“Ok but I KNOW none of y’all can name a female badder than me”

“hey lonely man, what do you do in the bathroom besides taking a shower? answer honestly!”

“I Swear to G O D . if I top comment I will be N A K E D in front of the camera”

“We must Ignore this fact that I have a H U G E B O O T Y”


“Bet y’all will addicted after seeing my story”

“Are we really going to ignore the fact that I have big TITS”

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