We asked Meta, Instagram’s parent company, what the deal with the sexbots was and what it is doing to fix it.
A spokesperson for Meta told BuzzFeed News that the company blocks millions of spam accounts every day. “We continue to invest in anti-spam technology, and in our safety and security team of over 40,000 people, who are focused on keeping spam and other types of harmful content off our platforms,” they said.
We specifically named five accounts that had been in our likes. Three have been removed, and two of the accounts still remain online.
There had been some online chatter that the presence of sexbots in Instagram story views was due to someone discreetly using a website or an app to view a user’s posts. We tried several websites to view our reporters’ Insta stories, and this did not appear to be the case.
The links in the sexbot bios lead to pages that look similar to spam ads.