Avast blog: Everything you should know about social media scraping

Last month, a massive data leak exposed more than 300 million different accounts from social media platforms. The collection included 192 million records scraped from two different Instagram collections, along with 42 million records scraped from TikTok and an additional 4 million records scraped from YouTube.

The records include usernames, profile photos, emails, phone numbers, age and gender along with specifics about followers and other engagement for each account. The leak involved a set of three open data shares from the company Social Data: a few hours after being notified, the shares were properly secured.

There are several things that are interesting about this leak: its source, how the data was obtained, and what this means for your own social media consumption. You can read more on the Avast blog. 

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