Instagram spam accounts raise worry of cyber bullying

Teenagers and Instagram users in their 20s told ST that about 80 per cent of their friends own spam accounts.
Teenagers and Instagram users in their 20s told ST that about 80 per cent of their friends own spam accounts.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Many young people use secondary accounts to say things they might never say in person

Miss Kirstin Yip's main Instagram account, with 826 followers, is full of happy photos of friends, beautiful places and tantalising food.

Like many other young people, Miss Yip saves her "unglamorous" moments for her second account, which has fewer than 80 followers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Instagram spam accounts raise worry of cyber bullying'. Print Edition | Subscribe