Instagram users say 'porn bots' keep liking their Stories 

Bots have been on the internet for decades, but it looks like they’re getting more and more sophisticated. 

Instagram users are increasingly noticing that their Stories are being liked by porn bots – fake accounts that try to lure users in with sexual photos. 

Many frustrated users have taken to Twitter to share their experiences, with one saying ‘porn bots liking my Instagram stories is the only love I’m capable of receiving’. 

Another said: ‘I love when Instagram porn bots like my stories of show flyers bc it’s nice to know at least SOMEONE cares.’ 

One Instagram user recently shared her experience of being inundated with sexual comments from fake accounts with explicit profile pictures.  

Those affected took to Twitter to share their experience, with one saying 'porn bots liking my Instagram stories is the only love I'm capable of receiving'.

Those affected took to Twitter to share their experience, with one saying ‘porn bots liking my Instagram stories is the only love I’m capable of receiving’.

One user affected posted a hilarious screenshot from The Simpsons with the caption: 'Instagram porn bots keep liking my stories'. In response to the issue, a Meta spokesman said: 'We block millions of fake and spam accounts every day'

One user affected posted a hilarious screenshot from The Simpsons with the caption: ‘Instagram porn bots keep liking my stories’. In response to the issue, a Meta spokesman said: ‘We block millions of fake and spam accounts every day’ 

One Twitter user posted: ‘Big shoutout to the porn bots liking instagram stories and giving endless meaningless notifications.’ 

What are porn bots? 

Porn bots are a particular subset of internet bots – automated online accounts controlled by software rather than an actual person. 

Porn bots have images of attractive people – usually women – in suggestive poses and have a links to fake porn sites on their bio. 

They can also send people DMs with the same link, urging them to click, perhaps with the promise of a live porn video. 

The links may actually link to affiliate marketing websites or malware that’s downloaded to your device. 

Another said: I only post Comic Book art on my Instagram stories why are porn bots watching.’ 

One particularly angry user tweeted: ‘I wish all instagram porn bots a very PLEASE STOP F***ING FOLLOWING ME.’ 

In response to the issue, a Meta spokesman said: ‘We want the content you see on Instagram to be authentic, and we block millions of fake and spam accounts every day. 

‘We continue to invest in anti-spam technology, and in our safety and security team of over 40,000 people, who are focused on keeping spam and other types of harmful content off our platforms.’

Porn bots are a particular subset of internet bots – automated online accounts controlled by software rather than an actual person. 

Most bots are fairly simple in design – just a few lines of code with a database – but some bots are more complex and use artificial intelligence (AI) in an attempt to imitate humans. 

Porn bots have images of attractive people – usually women – in suggestive poses and have links to fake porn sites on their bios.  

‘It’s nice to know at least someone cares!’ Those affected took to Twitter to share their experience of having Stories liked by bot accounts

‘It’s nice to know at least someone cares!’ Those affected took to Twitter to share their experience of having Stories liked by bot accounts 

Bots on the internet are nothing new, but Instagram users are increasingly noticing that their Stories are being liked by porn bot accounts

Bots on the internet are nothing new, but Instagram users are increasingly noticing that their Stories are being liked by porn bot accounts 

Most bots are fairly simple in design – just a few lines of code with a database – but some bots are more complex and use artificial intelligence (AI) in an attempt to imitate humans

Most bots are fairly simple in design – just a few lines of code with a database – but some bots are more complex and use artificial intelligence (AI) in an attempt to imitate humans

Bots have been on the internet for decades, but it looks like they're getting more and more sophisticated by specifically targeting Instagram Stories

Bots have been on the internet for decades, but it looks like they’re getting more and more sophisticated by specifically targeting Instagram Stories 

Clicking on these links can be dangerous, as they may install malware, like viruses, spyware or ransomware, on your device, according to one expert. 

‘It may seem innocent enough or even tempting to check a link under a new follower,’ Jake Moore, a cybersecurity specialist at ESET, told MailOnline.

‘But these fake accounts can have dangerous links associated which could unload more nefarious content such as the request of personal data or include a virus. 

‘Red flags such as low follower counts and the fact the account has noticed you out of the blue should be enough to make you avoid it.’ 

Mara Miano, a cybersecurity expert at ActiveFence, thinks liking Instagram Stories may more effectively dupe people into thinking a bot account is real. 

Instagram Stories are photos or video that disappear after 24 hours and are different from posts that permanently stay on a user’s profile. 

Porn bots are likely deliberated coded to like Instagram Stories rather than just the standard Instagram posts. 

‘While it may seem like an inconspicuous move, [liking an Instagram Story] is actually a tried-and-true tactic that bot accounts deploy to appear legitimate,’ Miano told VICE.

Twitter user @Davidv1515 posted: 'I only post Comic Book art on my Instagram stories why are porn bots watching'

Twitter user @Davidv1515 posted: ‘I only post Comic Book art on my Instagram stories why are porn bots watching’ 

One annoyed user said: 'why are there so many porn bots on Instagram now @Meta get a grip'

One annoyed user said: ‘why are there so many porn bots on Instagram now @Meta get a grip’ 

‘If you’re an Instagram user and you’re uncomfortable receiving likes from porn bots, we recommend that you report the account. 

‘The flag will be channeled into Instagram’s systems for analysis, which could potentially lead to the removal of the account.’ 

Porn bots are also found on other social media accounts such as Twitter, where owner Elon Musk appears to be having trouble getting them removed.  

Twitter users have shared snapshots of their inboxes filled with fake accounts offering them free nude pics, cryptocurrency opportunities and job positions. 

According to Moore, bot accounts tend to be removed quickly when large numbers of people report them. 

Instagram users can report a suspected bot by clicking on the three dots in the top right hand corner of their profile followed by ‘Report’. 

Is Musk’s Twitter clean-up job failing? Users are being bombarded by MORE spam messages than ever (despite Elon’s pledge to cull bots from site)

Twitter users say they are being bombarded with more spam messages than ever before – despite Elon Musk’s pledge to ‘defeat the bots.’

Anecdotally, there have been reports of a sharp increase in the volume of phishing messages since the eccentric billionaire bought the company for $44bn in October.

Users have shared snapshots of their inboxes filled with fake accounts offering them free nude pics, cryptocurrency opportunities and job positions.

There are also complaints about the ‘abnormally high number of advertisements’ that are enough for some users to leave the platform  – users claim there is ‘an ad for every two or three tweets.’ 

Musk made it one of his mission statements – along with stamping out wokeness and championing free speech – to clamp down on bots on the site.  

But eyebrows were raised about how Twitter would function when Musk sacked 1,200 technicians and engineers in November.

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source: dailymail.co.uk