In its eagerness to fight fake, illegitimate accounts or bots, Instagram is beginning to ask users who log into the app to take a video selfie to verify your identity.
It is not known exactly what causes this system to start, but as we can testimonials from different users, it seems that it jumps when you log in to a new device, when you log in with your Instagram account in another app and when your account has been object of abnormal behavior, like a wave of “likes”.
Meta ensures that no data is collected
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
From Xataka we have not managed to force the launch of this system, but we can get an idea of how does it work thanks to the screenshots offered by users. On the one hand, when the facial verification system jumps, the user is instructed to do the following:
“Take a video-selfie: 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.”
On this same home screen, Meta ensures that “the video will never be visible on Instagram and will be deleted in 30 days. It will not use facial recognition or collect biometric dataIn other words, and according to Meta, this video is only used for verification purposes and nothing else.
Someone liked 65 photos of mine like a maniac on Instagram and it trigerred their bot-detection mechanism.
There you go. Now go mess with people’s accounts and force them to upload a selfie video to Facebook HQ (meta now?) pic.twitter.com/VqBfW9IIiA
– Sonny (@darvi_sh) November 12, 2021
Once we proceed, Instagram asks us to keep the mobile at eye level and let’s move our head sideways, up and down. That way, the app sees the whole face. Finally, the video must be sent to finish the verification, something that seems to give error in some occasions, leaving the user out of their account.
For the moment, Instagram has not commented on the matter and has not communicated anything about this matter. In any case, everything indicates that it is a system that affects, mainly, already Instagram users, but we will have to wait to see if it expands to more users and what conditions must be met for it to jump.