Instagram, the popular photo and video sharing app, will soon make it easier for users to get that coveted blue tick. The company is testing an account verification process in Australia to let users submit requests to get their accounts verified. The form is currently available to iOS users in the test group, with Android to follow “in the coming weeks.” Users with access must provide their account usernames, their full names and photo identification. That blue tick not only makes your profile stand out in search results, but it also lends great credibility to the account and gives users access to some special features.
Instagram reportedly introducing the feature to clarify its position on the verification process which had come under scrutiny for allegations of ‘paid for blue tick’. So in a bid to end the scams and shady under-the-table dealings, Instagram is trying out this verification process, with a “request verification” option that will appear in Instagram’s main settings. Instagram has now emerged as the favourite platform for users with its one billion user base and has overshadowed Snapchat.
So does this mean that soon anyone will be able to have a verified account? No. Bell writes that the in-app form notes the blue tick is still reserved for “the authentic presence of a notable public figure, celebrity, global brand or entity it represents”.