Instagram announces slew of measures to curb spreading of fake news

Published on: Aug 29, 2018 17:37 IST
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In a bid to fight fake news, photo-messaging app Instagram has announced that it would add an 'About This Account' feature to provide more details like the date when the account was created, any username changes in the past year, accounts with shared followers, and even the location of the account that reach a large audience. To use this feature one needs to go to their Profile, tap the menu and then select 'About This Account'. "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," Mike Krieger, Co-Founder, and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Instagram, said in a blog post.

The Facebook-owned platform is allowing more and more people to request for the blue badge which makes accounts of the notable public figure, celebrity, global brand or entity verified. The move has been taken with an aim of making the platform a safer place to hang out. This is the first time the photo-messaging app is giving its users an opportunity to directly request for verification. Till now, no one knew what it takes to get verified on Instagram as there are some very big brands and famous people without blue check marks.

"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. 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 said.

Besides, Krieger announced that soon Instagram will have an improved form of two-factor authentication 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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