Instagram is letting more people apply for verification starting August 28, and it's also rolling out general security improvements.
Accounts with large audiences can now directly request the blue badge through a form, rather than hoping that Instagram will one day give you the blue badge.
To apply, simply go to your profile, head to Settings, and tap Request Verification. Next, you will need to give Instagram your account name, your full name, and your legal or business ID. After an unspecified time, Instagram will notify you if your request has been approved or denied.
The Facebook-owned company is also looking at improving security for users. Now, third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator and DUO Mobile work with Instagram. So you can tweak the two-factor authentication in the settings to receive codes through third-party apps, instead of sending them via text message, for a more secure alternative.
To give users more information about accounts that have a lot of influence, Instagram is adding an “About this account” feature. High profile Instagram accounts will be shown when they joined the platform, which country they're in, any username changes in the past year, and any ads they've run. In a blog post, Instagram writes, ” Our community has told us that it is important for them to have a deeper understanding of accounts that reach many people on Instagram.”
The information feature comes after Facebook announced additional security measures aimed at registering misleading accounts, such as verifying the country the account is based on. In particular, these actions address the role that Russian fake accounts played during the 2016 elections and the Russian and Iranian influence campaigns. which continued to post political content on social networks.
Users with large accounts will be able to review the information privately on their account in September, then the feature will open for public viewing in the following months. Support for third-party authentication apps will be available to everyone in the next few weeks.
Video tutorial to apply for documentation
Instagram intends the new update to improve overall security and help people identify authentic accounts. The moves the Facebook-owned company feels is trying to get bigger. However, Instagram “we know we have more work to do to prevent bad actors from Instagram,” co-founder and creator Mike Krieger writes.
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