Instagram announced today a trio of updates to counteract trolls, punching incorrect information, and making the platform a bit safer.
Initially, a new feature will give you more information about large-scale accounts, so you can more easily assess if you should trust them. Just go to their profile, touch the menu "…" and select "About this account."
You'll see the date they joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, shared-account accounts, any username changes they've made in the past year, and any ads they've run. If your account looks sketchy, report it. Facebook tested a similar feature this summer on its Messenger app.
"Our society has told us it is important for them to get a deeper understanding of accounts that come to many people at Instagram, especially When these accounts share information related to current events, political or social reasons, Instagram co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger wrote in a Tuesday blog post.
Instagram plans to roll out This feature "in the coming weeks."
Meanwhile, taking Instagram now accepts from Twitter, and Instagram will now accept applications from users wishing to have their account verified with a blue brand. To access the confirmation request form, go to your profile, touch the menu icon, select "Settings" at the bottom and Then select "Request confirmation."
"Once your request has been reviewed, you will receive a notification confirming or reducing your request in the notification gsfanen, explained Krieger. He announced that "Instagram will never request payment for verification or reach out to ask you to confirm your confirmation."
Finally, Instagram supports third party authentication apps, which makes it easier to log in when you have two-factor authentication enabled. This security feature will be available to all users "in the coming weeks;" To try it, go to your profile, touch the menu icon, scroll down and select "Settings", select "Tofactor Authentication" and select "Approval App" as your preferred authentication method.
So if you already have an authentication app like Duo Mobile, Instagram automatically sends a login code to it. From there, enter the code on Instagram and you should be good to go. If you do not already have an authentication app, Instagram sends you to the App Store or Google Play, where you can download one.
"Our mission is to bring you closer to people and things you have love," wrote krieger. "The proximity can only happen if Instagram is a safe place. Keeping people with bad intentions from our platform is incredibly important to me. That means you try to make sure that the people you follow and the accounts you communicate with are as they say they are and stop bad actors before they cause harm. "