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Instagram Reportedly Introduces Video Selfie for New User Verification to Reduce Spam, Fake Accounts

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Highlights:

  • Instagram Now Uses Selfie Videos to Verify the Identity of Users.
  • Instagram requires new users to verify their identity by providing a short selfie video clip.
  • Users need to “turn their head in different directions” to give an all-around view of their faces.

Fake profiles and spam accounts have always been a headache for social media platforms like Instagram. In a fresh attempt to limit such spam accounts on its platform, Instagram is now requiring users to take a video selfie to verify their identity. It requires new users to verify their identity by providing a short selfie video clip. Users need to “turn their head in different directions” to give an all-around view of their faces.

Video selfie verification Process

As per screenshots from our social media team (who were also requested to do a video selfie verification login), the process begins with a “Take a video selfie” message, followed by a “We need a short video of turning your head in different directions. This will help us confirm that you’re a real person and confirm your identity.”

Once you begin, a circular camera window pops up. Here, you’ll be required to position your face in the center of the circle at eye level and be further directed to slowly do a head movement. Once you’re done, you see a message saying ‘Video selfie’ complete.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time that Instagram is trying this video selfie verification thing. The social media giant first released a similar type of security check feature back in August last year, but it was available only for a short span of time as the company witnessed some technical issues. It now seems that the issue has been resolved as the feature is now available for a lot of users.

Coming to the availability of the new video selfie verification system, it is currently only available on new Instagram accounts. The company does not require existing users to verify their identity with the new video ID system just yet. However, the platform might roll it out for all users soon.

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