New tools come to Instagram, including two-factor authentication, verification requests, as well as transparency features…
Instagram introduced in a blog post a new set of security and transparency tools. Titled “New Tools to Keep Instagram Safe,” the social site announced three key updates: an “About This Account” section, verified badge requests, and third-party authentication app support.
Instagram “About This Account” Feature Introduced
The new Instagram About This Account page gives users more information to evaluate profile legitimacy. It’s accessible by tapping the menu button and displays the join date, country of residence, ads, former usernames, as well as accounts with shared followers. Right now, it’s in a preview phase. But, once over, it will launch worldwide to all users:
“In September, people who have accounts that reach large audiences can review the information about their accounts that will soon be publicly available.”
Additionally, Instagram now offers verification. Users can request a verified badge through the menu. Applicants must go to Settings and then “Request Verification.” Instagram then ask for the applicant’s full name, and legal identification. Instagram reviews the applicant’s profile thereafter.
Also, Instagram will add support for third-party authentication apps, such as Google Authenticator and DUO Mobile, which feature 2FA or two-factor authentication. Instagram co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger says:
“We’ve been focused on the safety of our platform since the very beginning, and today’s updates build upon our existing tools, such as our spam and abusive content filters and the ability to report or block accounts.”
Of course, these efforts are to make Instagram a safer digital space and reduce spam and bot accounts.