Owned by Facebook (now Meta) Instagram started by taking a quick video selfie “to confirm that you are a real person”. (now Meta) also promises not to collect any biometric data and to only use this function for identity verification and nothing else.
Identity management takes place when a new user logs into the platform, so existing users cannot be prompted to go through the process. According to reports, Instagram is asking new users to take a quick video of themselves while turning their heads in different directions to confirm they are real people. The description on the screenshot shared by Navarre reads: “We need a short video of you turning your head in different directions. This helps us to confirm that you are a real person and to confirm your identity. ”Once the video is captured, users will need to send it to Meta for identity verification.
Meta says the video will never be visible on Instagram and will be deleted from its servers within 30 days. The company also promises that these selfie videos will not be used for facial recognition and Meta will not collect biometric data.
The new feature only applies to users who create new accounts and there is no need for existing users to verify their identity.
Instagram is also reportedly working on rolling out a new feature that will prompt users to take a break after using the app for a period of time.