Instagram to require govt ID

20/08/20

Instagram will begin asking people to confirm who’s behind an account when the social media firm sees a pattern of potential inauthentic behavior. 

Instagram said that by prompting the people behind accounts to confirm their information, it will be able to better understand when accounts are attempting to mislead their followers, hold them accountable, and keep our community safe.

"We will look at a range of signals to determine if an account holder needs to confirm their information. We want to be clear that this change will apply only to a small number of our community. Most people will not be affected".

This includes accounts potentially engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, or when 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.

Acceptable ID includes 

Birth certificate
Driver’s license
Passport
Marriage certificate
Official name change paperwork

 

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