Has your number of Instagram followers fallen? Don't panic. Fake followers have been purged

Warning. The purge has happened. 

If you woke up to find that your number of Instagram followers has plummeted, don't panic.

The photo-sharing site has pulled the plug on deactivated spam accounts and accounts that violated service guidelines.

Goodbye, fake followers. Au revoir, spambots.

Not everyone is happy with the clean-up. 









Rapper Ma$e deleted his account after most of his followers vanished – from 1.6 million followers to around 270,000.

Think that's bad? A little-known user called chiragchirag78 had three million followers before the purge. It dropped to a measly eight. That account has since been deleted.

It isn't just lesser-known celebs that are bleeding numbers – Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez have each lost at least a million followers. The only difference? They aren't crying about it.

The top 5 remained the top 5 after the purge, though Bieber's standing slipped a bit.

  1. instagram (Lost 18.9 million followers) – From 64.1 million to 45.3 million
  2. kimkardashian (Lost 1.3 million followers) – From 23.5 million to 22.2 million
  3. beyonce (Lost 831, 000 followers) – From 22.2 million to 21.4 million
  4. justinbieber (Lost 3.5 million followers) – From 23.8 million to 20.3 million
  5. arianagrande (Lost 1.5 million followers) – From 21.7 million to 20.2 million

Here are the 5 biggest losers (by drop in numbers).

  1. instagram (Lost 18.9 million followers)
  2. chiragchirag78 (Lost 3.7 million followers)
  3. justinbieber (Lost 3.5 million followers)
  4. camposwell (Lost 3.3 million followers)
  5. akon (Lost 2.5 million followers)

Here are the 5 biggest losers (by per cent).

  1. chiragchirag78 (99.9998% lost) – From 3.7 million to 8
  2. camposwell (59.6% lost) – From 5.5 million to 2.2 million
  3. akon (56.2% lost) – From 4.4 million to 1.9 million
  4. kinggoldchains (37.4% lost) – From 5.7 million to 3.6 million
  5. instagram (29.4% lost) – From 64.1 million to 45.3 million

(Note: Numbers may not add up due to rounding.)

To find out how many followers other stars lost, check out this list compiled by web developer Zach Allia.

Our local celebrities aren't taking the purge too badly.





Sources: Instagram, Twitter, The Verge,, Business Insider