Think back to when Taylor Swift's Instagram went black, and came back to life with snakes before she released the iconic Reputation album.
Kim quickly took to Twitter to reveal it was all just a glitch, seeming as confused as the rest of us. She wrote, "OMG what???? What’s going on????" in a totally calm response.
There was an unnecessary amount of question marks used, in our opinion. She also told a fan, "No it’s a mistake. I have to remember everyone I followed now and add everyone. I have no idea what happened.”
no it’s a mistake. I have to remember everyone I followed now and add everyone. I have no idea what happened https://t.co/SQ2FW8QZxK
In another social media moment, she took to her Instagram stories to explain that she intended on following the same people again, tweeting;
"We’re working on figuring out what happened but I will start following people back if I can remember everyone. I tried following people again and now looks like at zero again."
Currently, Kim is following 74 people, including sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie, and #momager Kris. The level of panic this has caused is borderline mass hysteria, but we remain entertained nonetheless.
Instagram is currently investigating an issue that is causing some of the biggest accounts to lose millions of followers overnight, and took to Twitter to elaborate:
“We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.”
James Charles and Zach Clayton, some of the larger names on the site, both tweeted about the issue, with MUA Charles saying; "Why did I just lose over half a million followers, Instagram. What you doing, sis?”
why did I just lose over half a million followers @instagram wyd sis
An original suggestion from Fast Company claimed that Instagram was taking action "to remove millions of accounts the company believed to be inauthentic." Translation: BOTS.
A lot of companies undergo random sweeps of their user bases to get rid of inactive accounts or spam, with Insta announcing in November that it was hoping to remove more fake accounts on the platform/
“We will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity.”
Update: we’re expecting to have this issue resolved by 9 a.m. PST tomorrow. We understand this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to get things back to normal.
They later updated their status to say that the issue would be revolved by 9am today, Valentine's Day. The team "are hard at work to get things back to normal". Hmmm, suspish.
The site began removing locked accounts from Twitter since last July, so maybe they just cleared out the bots and the uproar over follower counts has them regretting it?
Kensington Palace lost a massive 150,000 followers overnight, but the page recovered them today. It could be beneficial for influencers to have an awareness of what their 'real' follower count is, rather than just fake bots.
So Instagram is currently having a glitch where people are being automatically unfollowed.
This is the perfect time to unfollow people you have always wanted to, and then blame it on Instagram. You’re welcome x
Instagram has become part and parcel of our daily life – and while we may scroll endlessly just for fun, some people rely on the app to supplement their income.
Influencers need engagement on their Instagram content in order to monetise it and work with brands, and in recent weeks, many have taken to social media to complain their their engagement is taking a downturn.
Theories have emerged that perhaps Instagram is decreasing people's reach on the app in order to entice content creators to boost their reach with a paid-for ad.
We’ve noticed an uptick in posts about Instagram limiting the reach of your photos to 7% of your followers, and would love to clear this up.
Many influencers have noted that their engagement is as low as 7% – and the app has taken to Twitter to respond.
'We’ve noticed an uptick in posts about Instagram limiting the reach of your photos to 7% of your followers, and would love to clear this up,' reads a series of tweets from @instagram.
'What shows up first in your feed is determined by what posts and accounts you engage with the most, as well as other contributing factors such as the timeliness of posts, how often you use Instagram, how many people you follow, etc.'
'We have not made any recent changes to feed ranking, and we never hide posts from people you're following – if you keep scrolling, you will see them all.'
'Again, your feed is personalized to you and evolves over time based on how you use Instagram.'
Not everyone is convinced by the statement, with arguments ensuing (as always) in the comments section.
The cosmetics mogul captioned the adorable picture;
"Let the birthday adventures begin," before sharing several must-see snaps from their getaway to a luxury beachside locale.
The images show Stormi walking along the sandy setting in a white dress, clearly lapping up the special attention from her mum.
When Stormi was born, her mother spoke about how wonderful the experience of pregnancy had been for her, after logging off social media for the entire nine months,
"Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life-changing experience I've had in my entire life and I'm actually going to miss it," Kylie wrote to her millions of followers.
"I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn't wait to share this blessing," she added.
"I've never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding."
The tob earning Youtube channels currently are Ryan ToysReview, Jake Paul, Dude Perfect, DanTDM, Jeffree Star, VanossGaming, VanossGaming and Logan Paul. Yep, the one who filmed a dead body.
Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview, has over 17 million followers and almost 26 billion views. Oh, and he’s also seven years old. The child millionaire earned most of his money from adverts shown before his videos.
Wow…2018 is a wild ride. Baby millionaires, people who film dead bodies earning a fortune and video-gamers forking in €14 million from their laptops.
'Blackfishing' is the bizarre beauty trend that has the internet exploding, and we want to know your feelings on the matter.
In case anyone is confused about the meaning behind the term, 'blackfishing' is relatively new phrase describing people who pretend to have a different ethnicity online, specifically non-Caucasian.
It ahs become increasingly common amongst young white women on Instagram who use certain filters and language to pose as black or Asian, whether for attention or to capitalise, but other internet users deny that there is any racist intentions behind it.
We are SHOOK at this new information; some users online seemingly even use dark filters, are deliberately ambiguous about their face, wear make-up much darker than their natural complexion and use false or altered hair to appear flawlessly black or Asian.
A young woman named Odinaka even created a Twitter account (which was later suspended) dedicated to outing any reported cases of evident 'blackfishing' from white women.
"I created the account because I thought that there was really an alarming amount of white women posing as black women," she told The Cut.
“It’s very annoying to see people who aren’t black get praised…but yet actual black people get called things like hoodrat, ghetto and ratchet,” Odinaka said.
"They’re gaining success by appearing to look like me while I work ten times as hard to get where I really want to be. It’s unfair."
These white girls are out here claiming to be Native, editing themselves to look Asian, and doing blackface.
Writer Wanna Thompson spoke to Buzzfeed regarding the alarming trend of 'blackfishing', where she claimed that more responsibility needs to be undertaken when it comes to ethnic transparency:
“It’s clear that a lot of black women are being overlooked for these white women, so that narrative needs to change"
Speaking about the latest infamous incident involving model Emma Hallberg, she said:
"Nobody is saying you can’t get a tan or modify your appearance but she was intentionally ignoring the comments from black women specifically who genuinely wanted an honest dialogue…Her resistance to own up to her ‘blackfishing’ makes me wonder if she truly cares about black voices at all.”
Swedish Instagram model Hallberg is the latest influencer who has landed in MAJOR trouble after being called out for potential cultural appropriation.
Social media users are now claiming that the 19-year-old influencer has been "pretending to be black" online, but she is adamantly denying these accusations.
According to Hallberg, everyone in her family has naturally curly hair and tan easily, and she has never fully clarified her race on her account. However, this explanation didn't stop the torrent of hate which was heading her way.
However, many people online commented on the double standards which are present, emphasising that black women are often criticised for being unprofessional or unkempt for their braided or 'untameable' hair.
Some have even sent home from school for their appearance, yet some (apparently Caucasian) influencers are complimented on their aesthetic.
Many of the accused responded with statements reiterating that they were never trying to appear as another race in the first place, the usual responses were regarding make-up preferences, tanning and hair types such as cornrows and perms.
Supposed Asian 'blackfishers' have also been revealed online, with people changing the shape of their face to appear as another ethnicity:
There is much division surrounding the intentions behind these social media influencers; some deny that celebrities such as Kim Kardashian mean any harm when they adopt typically 'black' styles such as braids or dreadlocks.
The prominent issue is that Caucasian people who adopt these racial beauty styles are possibly capitalising on them, while still having white privilege.
Others defend those online for their beauty habits, stating that they have never been pretending to change skin tone, only adopting new trends or even just complimenting other cultures.
Whether it's the up-and-coming fashion blogger or that girl who just gets way too many likes on her selfie, there is a whole world of phony social media stars who have coughed up to culminate more followers than they would have organically.
There are hundreds of apps in the app store which allow people to falsify their followers list.
Some involve payment schemes, where people can buy bundles of hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of followers and likes at a single click.
"She had about 4000 followers in only a few short months, which is really good."
"I looked through her followers as I was impressed, and saw that they were mostly from Asian countries which is unusual for a Dublin-based food account that only posts about Dublin or Irish food establishments. "
"I can't say for sure if they're being bought, but to those people who do it – It's just a slap in the face for those of us who have put in months of hard work to grow an organic following."
Other follower fans turn to things called "Instagram pods" to get their fix of fake friends.
These pods are suited to different niches, so one pod may only be for fitness bloggers, one for fashion and beauty bloggers, or one for people who just want more likes on their latest selfie.
The rules of these pods dictate that everyone in the pod must like and comment on every post that each other person in the pod puts up, which mean that real people will be liking and commenting on the photos, but not of their own volition.
It is a mutually beneficial arrangement, and with some pods hosting thousands of members – that's a lot of likes to swap for some of your own.
There are even websites which offer to sell bundles of hashtags to help users gain the maximum amount of likes from a post.
These means of purchasing fake likes and followers show how important social media validation has become in our hyper-filtered society.
It's not just bloggers and brands using these methods to grow a fake following, but regular people too, which reflects just how much people have come to care about how popular they seem on social media.
The singer then retweeted their post and said: "Dang that is tight."
The performer is an avid tweeter and often tweets to keep her fans updated with music and behind-the-scenes snaps. However, she also takes to the social media site to share her political and philosophical views and also show off her gas sense of humour.
Kim Kardashian is often regarded as the queen of social media and today that has been made pretty much official.
Since signing up to the photo-sharing service Kim and Beyoncé have always been neck-and-neck in terms of rallying up the Instagram troops – but now the reality television star has now come out in front, becoming the world's most followed individual.
As both edged closer towards an astonishing 44million followers, it was hard to know who was going to hit the mark first… but Kim was victorious and now Beyoncé trails by just 100,000 (a drop in the ocean by their standards).
Although, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star's could have a lot to do with how much information she shares with the world: she rarely holds anything back and even posted a naked selfie recently to prove her pregnancy.
Beyoncé, on the other hand, is quite private as she rarely even posts a caption with her photographs. And a lot of what she does post are professionally taken pictures for glossy magazines.
The source said: "Kris spent much of the night proudly talking about her daughters and how much people loved them. Kris also went on and on about how Kylie is going to be even more popular and famous than Kim, as she's already much more famous at 18 than Kim was.''
And another source told HollywoodLife.com: ''All her life, Kylie's been groomed for stardom and Kris knows it. She thinks Kylie's relationship with Tyga could quite possibly pull in more viewers and be bigger than Kim and Kanye's wedding.
''If that were to happen, Kris would flirt with the idea of having Kylie and Tyga do their own show, if they're willing.''
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