Instagram may soon ask users to verify themselves with video selfies

Instagram may soon ask users to verify themselves with video selfies


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Instagram is asking some users to provide a video selfie showing multiple angles of their face to verify that they’re a real person, according to screenshots posted to Twitter by social media consultant Matt Navarra. The social network has long struggled with bot accounts, which can leave spam messages, harass people, or be used to artificially inflate like or follower counts, and it’s possible that Meta (formerly Facebook, Instagram’s parent company) is looking to this feature to help curb the prevalence of bots on the platform.

According to XDA Developers, the company started testing the feature last year but ran into technical issues. Multiple users have reported being asked to take a video selfie to verify their existing accounts.

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