Facebook new policies for user protection data is affecting strongly Instagram Graph API.

This API allows developers create their own program for the retrieve of data from Instagram. This apps where sometimes excellent tools for community manager, marketing agents, … allowing them to create unique insights of their profile in an automatize way.

In 2019, access to Instagram’s API has decreased from 5000 API calls per hour to 200 API calls per Instagram account per hour.

The new limitations include pulling data up to two years ago and requesting data for one account at a time. Not being able to check for the Followers List, like on user’s behalf, to pull users information, …

In addition, Stories’ insights are only available for 24 hours, even if the stories are archived or highlighted.

These new limitations make impossible the previous utilization of bots for a rapid obtention of followers by following and unfollowing immediately random users’ profile.

Fake users are being banned from the app to unsure real interaction. Instagram has removed more than 754 million fake accounts and it is discussing to remove the fake likes from posts. It now says, “We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use [third-party apps for boosting followers] and remove the inauthentic activity.”

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