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INSTAGRAM BOTS

Enough said. Who else has been annoyed to the CORE by these bots in your comments section? So first off, we don't even know where these bots come from but they come in HORDES, they come in millions.



With all of these bots, one wonders waise, when did this become so normal??? like when did we start seeing all of this happen and just say "oh! nevermind :)". Now what is really happening behind the scenes? Who is making these bots? We don't really know. But what we do know is their end-goal, what they're trying to do. And that is - to get your money. Please watch the video below to see where the links lead us:


So okay they want your money? Why and how is this different from any other business? Firstly I believe that these bots are harmful because one: they reduce the genuine human interaction that used to make the comments sections of these platforms an interactive space. A lot of you will find yourselves less likely to access comments due to bots and that takes away from an important interactive element. For example, I've seen posts about serious issues, funerals, wars etc. only to be disappointed by a comment section full of bots. It is absurd and sometimes infuriating.


Secondly I think this business is extremely harmful because we're not the target audience for these messages. Humari age and above pe jissne jo dekhna hai uske paas bohot tareeqay hain. But instagram is a social media platform that has a huge membership of children as well. These children are constantly exposed to these messages of women being depicted as horny, sexual objects and young girls and boys both will definitely be taking in these messages. A young boy can simply be on his favorite footballers instagram checking out their goal only to see a bunch load of bots in the comments. Besides that, these bots will DM you as well! They actually force you to interact with them to the point where it might be annoying to us, but perhaps really harmful for younger boys and girls.












So overall, maybe this is a conversation that we all really need to have. We cannot restrict children's access to social media because being protective is never the answer. But we do need to discuss the accountability and responsibility that falls on these platforms and the form of regulation that is necessary. Let me know what you all think in the comments :)






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Thank you for raising such an important issue Rafay! I am not formally on Instagram so I haven't come across these, hence your article has proved to be extremely informative for me. I can warn my family members and spread the word to be careful. That being said, you are right in pointing out that children use this platform and it is unfair for them to get accidentally exposed to inappropriate stuff. To share a personal example, my chrome extension caught a virus causing an inappropriate website to open, with a lot of tabs opening all at once. I was at an age where I was unaware of the birds and the bees, you can only imagine how traumatizing it…

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Really interesting blog Rafay! I honestly despise these bots. There will always be a random dm filled with questionable content and hundreds of strangers added to it.

I also agree that we can not restrict children's access to these sites as they will always find a way to access them and it is always better to have a conversation about it rather than hiding them from the truth. I think we also discussed this while preparing for our presentation, about how in our childhood there were always sites specifically made for children (Like Club Penguin) and it made our experience on the internet somewhat better. While it did not stop us from being bombarded with bots we at least ha…

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Thank you for sharing this! On my Instagram account, I get more than 2 or 3 such shitty DMS daily. Even on Twitter, Facebook too. Even when you search something on google, ads are most of the time showing such content. I wanted to share that In 2008, BMW released an ad attempting to attract people to buy their used cars. The advertisement is simply a picture of an attractive young woman with the slogan, “You know you aren’t the first”. The underlying message of this ad is that if a man is okay being with a ‘used’ woman, he should not mind driving a used car. Just imagine what kind of impact this has on children. This increases in…


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Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Aug 07, 2022
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First of all Ammara, thank you so so so so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me. I'm really grateful that you brought up this conversation about the BMW advertisement. I think for a car company to do that, whilst selling a product that in no way associates with that picture, is really absurd yet interesting. Imagine that because of this sole reason, BMW are actually determining the audience for their ad, and that is men! Crazy how one picture can reveal so much about the company. I think BMW and Mercedes have always been at this tug of war competition with each other about which is the 'ladies car' and which is for men. This…

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Sabeeh - 24020369
Sabeeh - 24020369
Aug 07, 2022

So trueee bruh. And it's even worse on Twitter ajeeb

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Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Aug 07, 2022
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Really? I havent used twitter but damn. This means that the whole phenomenon spreads across platforms and literally not a single one of these platforms felt they had to take responsibility? What about the women who's pictures are being used? Isn't this such a violation of safety and could literally be identity theft? God these social media platforms will be the end of us, yet they are soooo heavily worshipped.

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Thank you Rafay for raising such an important topic. This is something that happened with everyone no matter what the medium we were using. I think there needs to be control on this. I would like to say that this business is actually harmful because as you said that they aren't targeting the right audience. Thousands of children are using using all of these things and this is actually intriguing.

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Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Aug 07, 2022
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I know right. The real problem in my opinion has to be the impact to children. That isn't to say that we're any less affected by our media, but for children who are for the first time experiencing sexual feelings, it must be even harder to process and understand them in a healthy way with all of these messages bombarding them. Imagine how a young 12 year old girl must feel after seeing all these bots while simultaneously trying to process new emotions and feelings.

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