Instagram is trying to combat its bot problem by asking suspicious profiles to send back selfie videos to prove they are real human beings…
Instagram is in the process of asking some users to provide video evidence they are real people to fight its bot issues. The Facebook subsidiary has long struggled with a bot problem that leaves spam messages, harasses real individuals, and of course, used to artificially inflate like and/or follower counts. So, Instagram is requesting suspect accounts to send in selfie videos in order to confirm there’s an actual human behind the profile.
Instagram is Asking Suspected Bots to Take Selfies for Account Authentication
Instagram assures real people that the data collected from the selfie video submissions will not be collected or that biometric data will be collected. The messages instruct users how to take the video selfies and submit them, so they can continue to access their accounts. The company reiterated it will not use the information turned in for any purpose but account authentication:
“One of the ways we use video selfies is when we think an account could be a bot. For example, if the account likes lots of posts or follows a ton of accounts in a matter of seconds, video selfies help us determine if there’s a real person behind the account or not.”
However, skeptical individuals aren’t likely to put much trust in such a promise. After all, parent company Facebook is once again being credibly accused of targeting teens for ad targeting, something the social network has and continues to deny.
Instagram is now using video selfies to confirm users identity
Meta promises not to collect biometric data. pic.twitter.com/FNT2AdW8H2
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) November 15, 2021