Instagram asking some users to verify their identity with photo ID


Over the past weeks, Instagram has started asking some users to validate their identity with photo ID. The move is in line with a verified account initiative pursued by Instagram’s parent company Facebook since February last year. However, unlike Facebook, Instagram allows members to use public-facing pseudonyms; so what exactly are users verifying?

“This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on what type of violation may have occurred.”

Speaking with TPM IdeaLab, a spokesperson confirmed that the requests for photo ID validation are genuine, explaining that they are in “response to suspected violations” of Instagram’s terms of service. “This is just a…

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