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This is how you finally get rid of annoying Instagram spam

Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps. Founded in 2010 as a small startup, the application became popular worldwide within just a few years. Facebook recognized this and bought the young company without further ado in 2012. Since then, at the latest, there has been practically no escape from Instagram. The application for sharing photos and videos has become an integral part of many smartphone users. 
The app is not only very popular for posting snapshots. It is also popular for texting. Similar to messengers such as WhatsApp and Signal, Instagram also uses a chat function with which you can hold individual and group conversations. Unfortunately, the latter feature often leads to unwanted requests that you want to add to dubious groups. We'll show you how you can defend yourself against this Instagram spam.

This is how you finally get rid of annoying Instagram spam

This is how you finally get rid of annoying Instagram spam

Eliminate annoying Instagram spam: Option 1

To ban Instagram spam to the lower ranks, all you need is a simple trick: block group invitations. Message requests for group conversations can be prevented in your app. In this way, annoying Instagram spam no longer gets through to you - except via the small red point in the top right, which informs you about new messages. 
Unfortunately, this notification remains, but it does not interfere with normal use. If you want to prevent Instagram spam, first tap on the profile icon and then on the burger menu (three horizontal bars one above the other). In the menu that opens, select Settings> Notifications> Direct messages and, for group requests, select Off. As a result, you will no longer receive notifications about group inquiries and can deal with the content that interests you.

Eliminate annoying Instagram spam: option 2

Another way to kill Instagram spam is to block group requests per se. In this way you completely prevent requests for group chats. If you want to make use of this option, you must first make your account a professional account, if you have not already done so. With a professional account you have, among other things, more insight into user statistics and can better track how your individual posts have performed. 
Especially influencers and public figures use a professional account. To switch to professional mode, first tap on the profile symbol and then on the burger menu (three horizontal bars one above the other). Then select Settings> Switch to Professional Account. Once that's done, go to Settings> Privacy> Messages> Only people you follow. This means that you can only add friends to group chats.

What kind of Instagram spam is it exactly?

In principle it is always similar. Almost all of the Instagram spam you get has to do with adult content. It usually works like this: You receive a request via your DMs (“Direct Messages”). From a technical point of view, this is a completely normal message, just as you would receive it from your friends. 
However, since the sender is a strange "person", the message is not treated as a classic message, but initially as a message request. The message does not appear in your main folder, but in the “Requests” folder. This appears to the right of the "General" folder whenever you receive new inquiries. There is then e.g. "2 inquiries" in blue letters.

If you click on it, you will be taken to the “Message Requests” folder. All current inquiries are listed here. In principle, a request looks the same as a chat. On the left are two profile pictures (representing all members of the group). To the right, three or four names of accounts that are already members are shown as examples. Below that is the name of the sender who sent you the message. 
The actual message can then be read next to it on the right. Usually this only consists of a link that leads to a dodgy page with questionable content. Below this is the number of subscribers of the sender, if available. When you tap the sender to go to their profile page, you will usually find that they have no posts, no subscribers or pages to which they are subscribed.

Instagram Spam - Who is behind the senders?

It is not entirely clear who exactly is behind the annoying Instagram spam. However, it seems reasonable to assume that these are chatbots. Computer programs that have their own accounts to get in touch with you. The aim is always to be asked to take action. Most of the time, it's about being asked to click or tap on a link that takes you to a specific website. 
Ultimately, through the interaction, you should reveal your personal information, such as your name, email address, telephone number and of course your money. Be careful not to interact with the message. If you find a corresponding request in your mailbox, delete it immediately. This way you can be sure that the message will not pose a threat and that your personal data will remain protected.

How exactly do the chatbots get your name?

Although Instagram spam or unwanted inquiries have been around in your DMs for quite a while, it is not 100% sure how accounts are selected. Looking at the members in such a group chat, the assumption is that the accounts are chosen at random. It seems like chatbots are searching Instagram and randomly writing to the accounts they encounter on the way. 
The more accounts that are written to, the higher the probability that a user will react and click on one of the links sent. It is also considered certain that accounts that have a visible profile or have little privacy settings are written to particularly often. One way to reduce Instagram spam is to limit the visibility of your profile so that, for example, only close friends can see it.