👓 Why Some of Instagram’s Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts | The Atlantic

Read Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts (The Atlantic)
More meme accounts are going private. Their owners say it’s a new way to gain followers on a crowded platform.

👓 The Follower Factory | New York Times

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Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

A great story which just touches on the fringes of the reasons why it would be useful for many bots (particular kinds) to be banned from social media websites.