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Instagram Makes Account-Verification Process Easier

Users need to install an authentication app (if they have not already) and return to Instagram to continue setting up their two-factor authentication

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In its bid to fight fake news and keep bad actors away from the platform, photo-messaging app Instagram has announced a few measures that can help its one billion users identify the authenticity of accounts with a large following.

The Facebook-owned platform announced that it would roll out an “About This Account” tool to provide more information, including location, about accounts that reach a large audience.

Moreover, Instagram is now also allowing more people to request the blue verified badge which is an important way for users to know that the account they are interacting with is the authentic presence of a notable public figure, celebrity, global brand or entity.

“Today we are enabling a new way for accounts that reach large audiences and meet our criteria to request verification through a form within the Instagram app,” Mike Krieger, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Instagram, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“To be verified, an account must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We will review verification requests to confirm the authenticity, uniqueness, completeness and notability of each account,” Krieger added.

To learn more about an account, one can also use the “About This Account” tool. To use this feature, one needs to go to their Profile, tap the menu and then select “About This Account.”

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There, users will see the date the account joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any user name changes in the last year and any ads the account is currently running.

“In September, people who have accounts that reach large audiences can review the information about their accounts that will soon be publicly available. After that, the “About This Account” tool will be available to the global community,” Krieger said.

In addition to these features, Instagram also announced an improved form of two-factor authentication that aims to make it easier and safer for users to securely log into Instagram.

“You will soon be able to use third-party authenticator apps to log into your Instagram account,” Krieger said.

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To use a third-party app to log into your Instagram account, go to your profile, tap the menu icon, select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Two-Factor Authentication” and select “Authentication App” as your preferred form of authentication.

Users need to install an authentication app (if they have not already) and return to Instagram to continue setting up their two-factor authentication.

“Support for third-party authenticator apps has begun to roll out and will be available to the global community in the coming weeks,” Krieger said. (IANS)

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Instagram to Test Donation Sticker on its Stories Feature

Since Instagram has not offcially addressed the subject as yet, whether or not donation sticker rolls out to the public still remains unclear

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Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is reportedly testing a donation sticker on its Stories feature that would offer fundraising and donation tools for charity or personal reasons.

“Instagram is working on ‘Donation’ sticker. It lets users start fundraisers for their favorite non-profits,” tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted on Monday.

Facebook has been hosting such fundraising tools since 2015 and it recently dropped fees associated with those donations.

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“Over the past few years, Instagram has been experimenting with what payments would look like on the platform, but it has so far only released test features to allow select users to book spa appointments and restaurant reservations,” The Verge reported.

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Instagram has also been developing a standalone app for shopping indicating the possibility for payment functionalities to also exist on Stories, the media has reported.

Since Instagram has not offcially addressed the subject as yet, whether or not donation sticker rolls out to the public still remains unclear. (IANS)