Instagram requires users to validate their identity by uploading video selfies

Trying to control the increasing use of bot-controlled accounts, Instagram is asking more and more users marked for suspicious activities within the platform to validate their identity by uploading video selfies.

Specifically, it’s not about of any conspiracy hatched by Meta (the company behind Instagram) to include users in a database focused on facial recognition. However, more and more users see themselves with blocked access to their own Instagram account, the only way to get it unlocked is to take a selfie video modeled on so-called police mugshots. Basically, following the indications displayed on the screen, you have to rotate your head in the left-right, up-down directions, until the application algorithms give the green light to upload the video sequence on Instagram servers. Access is restored only after the images analyzed using AI technologies are validated as belonging to a real person.

In other words, Instagram is not necessarily interested in getting your full facial signature, but only to confirm that the account is used by a real person and has not been included in one of the prolific bot networks, specializing in paid services, such as giving likes for certain posts and artificially inflating the number of followers on certain Instagram pages. But even worse is that Instagram bot networks are also used for malicious purposes, such as harassing certain people and spreading SPAM messages.

Instagram Video Selfie

In order to leave clues to those who carry out such operations, Instagram does not detail exactly what are the criteria according to which suspicious accounts are identified and blocked, only admitting that some users have been mistaken for this verification. At the same time, the company states that the video sequences thus obtained are deleted from the servers within 30 days, without the facial recognition data being used for other purposes.

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