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Instagram ousting fake followers from accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram said it is booting fake followers, likes, and comments generated by applications tailored to make accounts appear more popular than they actually are. The crackdown comes as Instagram parent Facebook strives to assure people that the leading social network and its services can be trusted. "Recently, we've seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience," Instagram said in a blog post. "Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from…