Is this a first step in the fight back against anonymity on social networks? Some Instagram users have reported being asked to prove their identity in order to log in to the platform. To do so, the social network asked them to make a video selfie. Could this be a way to tackle the many bots invading the platform?
Instagram users can request verification to prove their identity and get the coveted blue check mark - a process that's reserved for the likes of public figures, celebrities and brands. Yet the social network seems to have implemented a new process for authenticating certain accounts. On Twitter, many Instagram users have reported being requested to make a video of themselves to prove their identity and thus access their account.
Social media expert, Matt Navarra shared screenshots of this new test via his Twitter account: