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Here’s How To Get Verified (The Blue Check Mark) On Instagram

Here’s How To Get Verified (The Blue Check Mark) On Instagram

Instagram is taking proactive steps to keep the platform safe for its billion users and will now give normal people the chance to become verified

Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, have both been taking steps towards Internet safety. Instagram recently announced three new changes it's making to help keep its one billion users "safe" - one of which will give regular users the chance to become verified with the blue check mark next to their name.

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Photo courtesy of Small Business Trends

Evaluate Authenticity of Accounts with Large Followings

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and received a “follow” from someone who has thousands or millions of followers and yet hardly ever posts a thing? Or have you ever come across an account for a celebrity that seems like a fan page, but you can't really tell? Instagram is onto these types of accounts and is now going to start including an “About This Account”  option.

Users will be able to see the date they joined Instagram, the country where the account owner is located, other accounts that are followed by the same people, name changes for the account, and any ads that the account is running.” Instagram is also asking users to report users who are violating their Community Guidelines in hopes of helping clean up the platform from spammy accounts. And this is just a few months since both Instagram and Twitter started to purge millions of fake accounts in an effort to get rid of some of the spambots that clutter each platform.

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Photo courtesy of Instagram

 

Users Can Be Facebook Verified

Celebrities, public figures, global brands, and the like all have the luxury of a little blue check mark by their name on Instagram. This check mark means that they have been officially “verified” and they are who they say they are. 

Now, not only can famous people become verified Instagram users, anyone can apply to be verified if they meet Instagram’s criteria (abiding by the Terms of Service and Community Guidelines).

Instagram does make it clear that a request for verification does not guarantee that an account will be verified. To submit your profile for verification, simply head over to the “Settings” option on Instagram and choose “Request Verification.” All that’s needed is a users account username, full name, and a copy of their legal or business identification. 

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Photo courtesy of Shopify

 

Two-Factor Authentication

Users can also opt in to use two-factor authentication, making it easier and safer to log into Instagram without the worry of someone else being able to log in for you. They are incorporating this feature using a third party app called “Authentication App” so users will need to download that app if they want the two-factor authentication.

 

All of these features will help to keep Instagram free of the "fake" accounts in order to make the user experience a better and safer one. What do you think about Instagram's newest updates? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more tech news and other entertaining reads. 

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