Instagram is one of the most popular apps in today’s world of social media and selfies. The photo-sharing app Instagram’s more than 1 billion users will now be able to evaluate the authenticity of each account that is used. Weeks prior to Facebook Inc. rolling out its similar measures in an effort to get rid of fake accounts on its social media platform, Instagram announced this change in their service.
The company of Instagram said on Tuesday it will launch the “About This Account” feature that will allow users to see the advertisements that the account is running on. With this feature, it will also be able to see which country the ads are from, where the account is located, username changes in the past year, as well as other details.
Instagram co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Mike Krieger had this to say about the change; “Keeping people with bad intentions off our platform is incredibly important … that means trying to make sure the people you follow and the accounts you interact with are who they say they are, and stopping bad actors before they cause harm.”
Instagram also said that it will finally allow third-party apps like DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication to help users with their security on their logins so there are no issues with fake accounts. The two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security on top of usernames and passwords by prompting users for more information they have to enter and that they have access to.
These features will be broadly available in the coming weeks, the photo-sharing app said in a blog post. Starting on Sept. 4th, Instagram will allow accounts with a large reach to request verification through a feature within the app. These features are expected to be updated on the app for the newest update that is now available.