Love Instagram but hate all the insta-spam? If you’re looking to clean up the comments section of your Instagram feed, you can keep it free of trolls, promoters, cyber-bullies, and bots using Spotless. Spotless is the new app for Instagram that allows you to automatically delete spam comments. It can even tell the difference between a friend or foe and safeguard comments that you might actually care about while nipping annoying bots in the bud. Using Spotless just might help your Instagram get a little more insta-zen.
Spotless works by letting you set up filters for certain words. Then, any time those words pop up in a comment, the comment will be instantaneously deleted. You won’t have to be bogged down by obnoxious “follow for follow” posts if you just set Spotless to filter out “follow.” If you’re plagued by more than just spam and it’s trolls that are bothering you instead, Spotless can take care of that too. You can set up Spotless to identify any derogatory words as spam so that trolling comments will never see the light of day.
There is no need to worry about accidentally deleting a valuable comment because Spotless won’t delete any comments from people you actually follow on Instagram. Who knows how long this will actually keep the bots at bay. This may be the beginning of a cat-and-mouse game as bots have a tendency to quickly outpace the technology that blocks them. Bots as well as human promoters will simply switch to new keywords that the majority of people haven’t filtered out yet.
Instagram started as a cool place to share photos, but eventually devolved into a haven for bots and shameless self promotion. Instagram itself recognized this problem last year and responded by officially purging millions of fake accounts overnight. Ironically, Instagram’s own account was the biggest loser in the “insta-purge” debacle, indicating that almost one-third of their own followers were fake.
Spotless is available for download here.