Instagram is now requesting video selfies as part of identity verification, according to Matt Navara’s screenshots. It’s possible that Instagram is taking action to decrease the amount of fake and spam accounts.
Instagram is now using video selfies to confirm users identity
Meta promises not to collect biometric data. pic.twitter.com/FNT2AdW8H2
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) November 15, 2021
Suspected accounts need to verify themselves with video selfies on Instagram
The screenshots show that the new identity verification method will assist Instagram in determining whether or not a specific user is a genuine person. Instagram wants a short film of you turning your head in various directions for verification. Meta promises that these video selfies won’t be stored and will be deleted in 30 days.
In the first screenshot taken from Instagram, you can read: “We need a short video of turning your head in different directions. This helps us confirm that you’re a real person and confirm your identity.”
Aside from this, the video selfies you’ll post will never be shown on Instagram.
One of the ways we use video selfies is when we think an account could be a bot. For example, if the account likes lots of posts or follows a ton of accounts in a matter of seconds, video selfies help us determine if there's a real person behind the account or not.
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) November 17, 2021
Earlier this month Facebook (now called Meta) stated that it will stop using facial recognition software on its platform.
This isn’t the first time Instagram has attempted to implement video selfies for verification; in fact, it’s been done before. Last year, in August, Facebook introduced a similar type of security check feature, which was only available for a short time. But it was removed afterward due to technical difficulties.