Instagram which is usually labelled unsafe for teenagers and young adults now introducing a new method of verifying users on its platform. Earlier the Meta-owned photo-sharing app started enforcing users to add their birthdates to keep using Instagram.
Now to tackle one of the major issue involving fake profiles and spam accounts, Instagram is asking users to take a short video selfie ‘to help confirm that you’re a real person‘. This feature has likely been introduced to reduce the number of fake or spam accounts on the platform. Instagram owner Meta (formerly Facebook) promises that it will not collect any biometric data and this feature will only be used for identity verification and nothing else.
Social Media Consultant Matt Navarra first spotted, the video selfie verification system on Instagram which requires new users to verify their identity by providing a short selfie video clip.
Identity verification ideally happens when a new user registers on the platform, so existing users are not being asked to go through the video selfie process yet.
In the video, users need to “turn their head in different directions” to give an all-around view of their faces. Following this, the company’s AI algorithms will detect whether they are real individuals or not.
Once the video is recorded, users will need to submit the video to Meta for confirmation of identity. Meta, as described in the screenshots, clarifies that this video will never be visible on Instagram and will be deleted from the servers within 30 days. The company also promises that the selfie videos won’t be used for facial recognition nor will the company collect biometric data.
Instagram is also working on bringing the ability to leave a ‘Like’ on Stories. Currently, users can only react to Stories, which shows up in their direct messages. There is no clarity on when the Like feature will be publicly available on Instagram but the developers are said to be working on it.