Instagram is boosting its efforts to ward off fake accounts and bots by requiring some account holders to confirm their identity.
If the account holder is unable to provide confirmation of their identity upon request, their posts may receive less circulation.
In other cases, failure to comply with an identity check may permanently disable fake accounts.
Instagram will not request this from all accounts, but rather from accounts that exhibit a pattern of non-genuine behavior.
AndShe said Platform: We want the content that you see on Instagram to be original and coming from real people, not from robots or others trying to mislead you.
The Facebook-owned platform began asking people to confirm who was behind the account when it saw a pattern of potential inauthentic behavior.
By asking the people behind the accounts to confirm their information, the platform will be able to better understand when the fake accounts try to mislead their followers, hold them accountable, and keep the Instagram community safe.
Instagram uses a set of signals to determine whether the credibility of the account is in question, some of these signals include:
- It is possible that the accounts were engaging in coordinated, unoriginal behavior.
- When the majority of the account’s followers are in a different country than their site.
- Accounts show signs of automatic activity.
And when Instagram detects signs of possible false activity, it will ask the account holder to confirm his identity, and the name of the account holder should not match the name of the account itself, because this would cause problems when it comes to trademark pages, or anything other than personal accounts.
Instead, Instagram is looking for confirmation that a real person is behind accounts with potentially wrong activity, and once the platform verifies the account holder’s information, the account will function as normal unless there is a reason for further investigation.
Privacy is protected as identifiers are stored securely and deleted within 30 days of their review, and the company understands any concerns about the possibility of identifiers being shared by saying: “The alias is still an important part of Instagram.”
The platform accepts a long list of different types of identifiers, including:
- birth certificate.
- driver’s license.
- marriage document.
- Official name change papers.
- Personal or vehicle insurance card.
- Government ID card for non-drivers.
- Green card, residence permit or immigration papers.
- Voter ID card.
- Family certificate.
- Immigration registration card.
- Tax identification card.
Any type of ID provided must contain either the full name and photo or the full name and proof of age.