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Instagram Rolls Out Self Verification for Everyone The coveted blue tick on a social media profile helps establish the authenticity of the account and verifies its user

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FACEBOOK-owned Instagram has introduced new safeguards for its users, including opening up the request for a verified account badge.

The coveted blue tick on a social media profile helps establish the authenticity of the account, verifies its user, and also amps up the user’s social status.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram users with the coveted blue ticks are known to be powerful influencers.

But for these social media giants, these verified badges are nothing more than confirmations that the individuals (users) are real people.

The verified accounts are protected well too since they are often vulnerable to attacks from hackers or trolls.

The verified badge or a blue tick is not something that any user can get easily. In 2016 Twitter opened up verification for its users where they could request the company to verify them from their account.

Facebook page or profile verification process is still very much controlled by the company and so was Instagram’s.

But in a recent blog post by Mike Krieger, the Co-Founder & CTO of Instagram said the company is opening up self-verification for its users.

In the blog post, Mike wrote that they are launching a global verification form for accounts with large audiences and also announcing an improved form of two-factor authentication that makes it easier and safer for you to securely log into Instagram.

Another improvement that Instagram has put in place is that if you would like to learn more about an account, you can go to their Profile, tap the menu and then select “About This Account”.

There, you will see the date the account joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the last year and any ads the account is currently running.

The blog post also said that Instagram is enabling a new way for accounts that reach large audiences and meet their criteria to request verification through a form within the Instagram app.

To be verified, an account must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.

They will review verification requests to confirm the authenticity, uniqueness, completeness, and notability of each account.

This service is being released to all users so you may have to be patient till it reaches your app.

To access the verification request form, users will have to go to their profile, tap the menu icon, select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Request Verification.”

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You will need to provide your account username, your full name and a copy of your legal or business identification. Instagram says that this information will not be shared publicly.

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Submitting a request for verification also does not guarantee that your account will be verified. Once your request has been reviewed, you will receive a notification confirming or declining your request in the notifications tab.

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Instagram also says that it will never request payment for verification or reach out to ask you to confirm your verification.

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Apart from the big verification update, Instagram has also added “About This Account” feature that tells users about various other user profiles like the date the account joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the last year and any ads the account is currently running.

Instagram has added this feature as they say that their community has told them that it’s important to have a deeper understanding of accounts that reach many people on Instagram, particularly when those accounts are sharing information related to current events, political or social causes.

The company has also added Support for Third-Party Authenticator Apps to log into your Instagram account. This form of two-factor authentication makes it easier and safer for users to securely log into Instagram.

To use a third-party app to log into your Instagram account, users then will have to go to their profile, tap the menu icon, select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Two-Factor Authentication.”

Then they need to select “Authentication App” as your preferred form of authentication. If you already have an authentication app installed, Instagram will automatically find the app and send a login code to it.

Go to the app, retrieve the code and enter it on Instagram, and two-factor authentication will turn on automatically. This support for third-party authenticator apps has begun to roll out and will be available to the global community in the coming weeks.

Mike also wrote in his blog: “I founded Instagram alongside Kevin nearly eight years ago, and we care deeply about this community and the people who are part of it.”

“We’ve been focused on the safety of our platform since the very beginning, and today’s updates build upon our existing tools, such as our spam and abusive content filters and the ability to report or block accounts,” he said.

“We know we have more work to do to keep bad actors off Instagram, and we are committed to continuing to build more tools to do just that.”

~ENDS~

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