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Instagram will ask users to submit ID proofs to hunt down suspicious accounts

Ankita Chakravarti     August 14, 2020

Instagram on Thursday announced that it will ask users to submit ID proofs if they sense any suspicious activity. The Facebook-owned messaging app is taking new measures to hunt down the fake or suspicious accounts on its platform. Instagram in a blog post announced, "Starting today, we will begin asking people to confirm who's behind an account when we see a pattern of potential inauthentic behavior. "

Instagram said that the changes will be applied to only a handful of users, who are found engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior. "Most people will not be affected. This includes accounts potentially engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, or when we see the majority of someone's followers are in a different country to their location, or if we find signs of automation, such as bot accounts for example. If we see signs of potential inauthentic activity, we will require the account holder to confirm who they are, and once an account holder verifies their information, their account will function as usual unless we have reason to investigate further. IDs will be stored securely and deleted within 30 days once our review is completed, and won't be shared on the person's profile as pseudonymity is still an important part of Instagram," the Instagram blog read.

A user can be asked to submit ID proof to Instagram to confirm the following reasons:-

—Instagram will ask users to submit their ID proofs to confirm that the account they are trying to access belongs to them or not.

— Sometimes Instagram can even ask users to submit their ID proof if they suspect that the user is below the verified age.

— Sometimes it can also ask for IDs to process payments and prevent scams or phishing.

However, if any user refuses to submit their ID proof, Instagram will disable his account their content may receive a reduced distribution. But once the ID is submitted successfully, the user will be able to manage their account normally.

"By prompting the people behind accounts to confirm their information, we will be able to better understand when accounts are attempting to mislead their followers, hold them accountable, and keep our community safe," the Instagram blog read.

The users can submit their Birth certificate, Driver's license, Passport, Marriage certificate, Official name change paperwork, Personal or vehicle insurance card, Non-driver's government ID (example: disability, SNAP or national ID card), Green card, residence permit or immigration papers, Tribal identification or status card, Voter ID card, Family certificates, and Visa long others.


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