Royal SHOCK after Kensington Palace loses 150,000 followers OVERNIGHT

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A bug is causing some Instagram users to see their follower counts drop by thousands, and for some, even by millions.

Initially users assumed that Instagram had gone on a bot hunt, sweeping away fake accounts in order to bring everyone's follower count back in line with reality.

Eagle-eyed Insta users noticed that Ariana Grande lost close to 3 million followers, while Selena Gomez lost nearly 2 million.

The social-media consultant Matt Navarra has been keeping track of the "popular accounts" affected.

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Like Selena Gomez, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is believed to have lost 2.3 million followers.

There had been some speculation that Instagram was conducting a large scale purge of inauthentic followers to crack down on fraudulent activity on the platform. James Charles, a make-up artist with more than 14 million followers on Instagram, tweeted that his follower count dropped by more than half a million overnight. This comes months after Instagram said, last November, that it will be taking steps to cut down on inauthentic followers, likes and comments.

The social media network released a statement acknowledging there was a problem Wednesday morning and they're working to fix it.

'Since the early days of Instagram, we have auto-detected and removed fake accounts to protect our community'.

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