Semalt: Instagram Vs. Spam

Instagram - just like other social media accounts and online services - has its share of spam. Spam accounts that churn spam photos and comments. This isn't something you'd like to see on your photos and those you've been tagged on. In fact, it's annoying. Very annoying.

So, how do you get rid of spam on your Instagram account? Read on to find out.

Ryan Johnson, the leading expert from Semalt, explains how to manage spam in your Instagram account.

Start by reporting what you suspect to be spam

Did you know that you can spare other Instagram users the agony of going through spam comments and photos? If you are using iOS, say on an iPhone, or iPad then go to the comment section of the photo, swipe your finger to the left then tap the exclamation mark (!) after which you tap 'scam' or 'spam'. The process is a little bit different on Android. Here, you go to the comment, click 'delete the comment and report abuse, ' and you're done. These takes are of the comment. So, how do you then report an Instagram account spamming you with photos? Well, click on the three dots somewhere at the top-right corner then click 'report' followed by the prompts. Read more on this on Instagram's Help Center: Abuse and Spam.

You might consider using a private account

Some people have considered setting their profile account private in order to avoid spam. It is a good gesture, but unfortunately, private profiles stop you from gaining a bigger following. For instance, your photos will only show up on hashtags. In addition to this, some users do not like following private profiles because they may have nasty surprises. For a start, you cannot see what's being posted unless they approve of your request to become friends.

Do not let your account be compromised

Lots of spam photos and comments on your Instagram account could be a sign that your account is being compromised. Make a habit of checking your comments regularly for any suspicious activity. As much as Instagram features an automated spam prevention system, it is not foolproof. Always remember to check the comments, photos, and tags for spamming accounts. Nobody will do this for you. Report and delete them as soon as you see them.