Instagram’s verification methods just like other apps simply ask for either email or phone number to identify its users. But this will be outdated soon and those who wish not to share their correct details will face difficulty. In a recent development, Instagram is testing for video selfie verification -something which no other social media application has done before.
About Instagram Video Selfie Feature
The popular meta-owned photo-sharing application will require a short video of users to let them access the app. All the instructions to record a video will be displayed on the screen itself. The purpose behind it is to spot fake accounts and verify users each time they log in to their accounts.
Does it mean Instagram is storing users’ biometric with a new feature?
Will Instagram Store Biometric Data?
Several users who have been asked to verify via video doubts the same so they raised an issue on Twitter. They have posted their doubts and also asked for a solution as several users faced trouble while uploading their selfies.
i was just scrolling through instagram on my computer and now it’s asking for a video selfie to back into my account??? what the fuck is happening??? i can’t even log out it just takes me back to this page @instagram pic.twitter.com/iroJgCbioi
— saerannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn (@saerannnn) November 8, 2021
wtf is wrong with instagram? why the hell is the app asking for a video selfie wherein we have to tilt our head in all the directions!!!???
— Tejaswi (@tejaswichugh) November 14, 2021
Since the video selfie verification feature will ask every user to submit the clip on its platform, chances are they might be storing details. Instagram’s PR team has responded to these queries explaining why and how it works.
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.
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) November 17, 2021
As far as privacy is concerned, the app promises that it does not collect any biometric data and facial recognition will not be used. In addition, Instagram will delete the clip within 30 days of users’ submitting it.
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The new feature was introduced last year with some technical issues which are now fixed as said by its PR Team.