/// Instagram Suffers Weird, Fruit-Based Flood of Spam

June 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital

Strange things are afoot on Instagram. The service seems to be suffering from a spam attack, spreading in the form of — get this — pictures of fruit. Users are reporting the same types of fruit photos auto-posted and appearing in their friends’ Instagram feeds, with a similar caption under each one: “Ever seen this stuff? I guess it’s super healthy. I’m giving it a try. I saw it on Dr. Oz’s show. Link is in my bio. #lovemyfollowers #health.” At this point, it’s unclear how widespread the attack is, or just exactly how the problem is spreading. Instagram and Facebook have not yet responded to a request for comment. Update 12:59 pm PT : An Instagram spokeswoman responded to our request for comment with the following: “Earlier today a small portion of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were posted from their accounts. Our security and spam team quickly took actions to secure the accounts involved, and the posted photos are being deleted.” Anecdotally, it’s happened to multiple tech-savvy users in AllThingsD staffers’ feeds, including at least one Facebook employee

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