Social media is plagued by bots and hackers who pretend to be people they are not. Given the ease of creating a story and posting a picture of someone else, it has become a real problem. However, Instagram can work in a way to communicate through the use of videos.
According to a tweet by Matt Navarra who received a notice on Instagram that asks users to take a selfie video to confirm who they are saying. For those who are concerned about Instagram gaining access to your videos and using it for something else, the article states that this video cannot be published and will be deleted after 30 days.
Instagram is using these videos to identify users
Meta promises not to collect biometric information. pic.twitter.com/FNT2AdW8H2
– Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) November 15, 2021
It also said it would not be used for display or used to collect biometric data, which is consistent with Meta’s recent announcement that they it will close its face recognition program and delete all records.
That being said, this doesn’t seem to be the first time Instagram has tried to use video to authenticate a user’s profile. Like XDA Developer reports, in August last year, the company had already tested the image but quickly returned the image due to technical problems, but the appearance of this suggests that the company can handle frequent an issue they had faced before.