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Instagram will start asking suspicious accounts to verify their identity with a government ID

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Instagram will begin requiring accounts it deems suspicious to verify their identities using a government-issued ID.
In its blog post, Instagram says this move is meant to help the company understand when accounts are “attempting to mislead their followers” and keep the Instagram community safe.
“This includes accounts potentially engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, or when we see the majority of someone’s followers are in a different country to their location, or if we find signs of automation, such as bot accounts,” the Instagram blog said.
It’s unclear what this policy means for Instagram accounts not associated with a name, or those in which revealing their name could cause harm.
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Instagram plans to start asking accounts it deems suspicious to verify their identities using a government-issued ID.

The new policy is intended to target accounts from which Instagram sees “a pattern of potential inauthentic behavior,” Instagram said in its announcement. If an account asked to verify its identity declines to do so, Instagram says it may disable the account or “receive reduced distribution” — meaning its posts are down-ranked in followers’ feeds.

“This includes accounts potentially engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, or when we see the majority of someone’s followers are in a different country to their location, or if we find signs of automation, such as bot accounts,” Instagram wrote.

However, it’s unclear what this policy means for Instagram accounts not associated with a name, and raises privacy concerns for accounts through which revealing their identity could cause harm — like accounts organising Black Lives Matter protests, or those using the platform to share sensitive information.

In its blog post, Instagram says this move is meant to help the company understand when accounts are “attempting to mislead their followers,” and keep the Instagram community safe.

The list of the types of IDs Instagram accepts reads like the options of items you can bring to get a license at the traffic department. If you don’t have a government-issued ID, like a passport or a driver’s license, Instagram accepts paycheck stubs, mail, bank statements, or credit cards.

Instagram did not respond to Business Insider’s request to explain its definition of a “suspicious” account. An Instagram spokesperson said they would provide comment to Business Insider, but did not respond by the time of publication.

The push to verify the identities of accounts comes just months before the 2020 election, amid a push from Instagram’s parent company Facebook to combat scrutiny it doesn’t do enough to fight misinformation and inauthentic activity. Back in late 2018, Instagram said it would start cracking down on fake and inflated likes, follows, and comments generated by third-party apps and bots on the platform.

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Web3 music streaming platform giving power back to artist Loozr, secure grant from Near Protocol

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In an official tweet, web3 music streaming platform, Loozr just announced their partnership with Near Protocol, a climate neutral high speed, and low transaction fee layer-1 blockchain platform, to work on a multi-chain universe for creators and music lovers.

In recent times legacy music streaming services like Spotify and Apple music have being under scrutiny for under paying creative despite riding on their backs to achieve product market fit, a very big problem Loozr wants to solve.

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FinRik and Gamp partners to offer FREE device protection and repairs to FinRik merchants

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Weeks after Gamp got into the Bimalab insurtech accelerator programme (Nigerian edition) along sides companies like Paddy Cover, Izanu, Wella health.

The Lagos based insurtech company has partnered with no-code ecommerce website builder and business management software FinRik Shop to provide free device protection plans and repair support for businesses building on FinRik Shop.

This partnership will help businesses building on FinRik prevent heavy but avoidable device repair or replacement costs.

As perks for building your business on FinRik, you can now get free device protection plan & repair support for your business devices.

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Chowopa wants to change the way we order meals!

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At 17 Anthony was building WordPress websites for people, months before he launched a marketplace where vendors meet prospective buys, fast forward to now, still building but in a much more mature way! Anthony was like starting that early made me face some challenges that were abit above my age but learnt, and I’m using that to build better now!On a cold night in August 2021, after coding all day Anthony was hungry, but couldn’t get a place to order food, nobody was willing to make the runs, he went to bed hungry, the next day he had to leave the comfort of his off campus hostel to get a meal, a walk he saw as a big waste of time.

After a Friday lecture, Anthony was talking to himself “Omo another day to start looking for restaurant” when a friend said it out loud, the topic unexpectedly lead to a loud conversation with everyone recommending a restaurant some are too far , some expensive some are sold out, this was a wake up call to Anthony who went ahead to start building Chowopa that weekend! The rest they say is history.Chowopa (a subsidiary forMaax’s store) is an online fooddelivery service that connects youto restaurants around your location bringing the best mealswithin your reach. The software makes it Pretty easy you gain access to various cuisinesthrough Chowopa platform.order for the food of yourchoice and get it delivered toYou on payment.

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