Instagram Announces Third-Party Authentication App Support, New Verification Tool And More


Instagram is working on different tools in order to make it easier for users to be verified. The popular photo-sharing platform is also starting to support third-party apps for two-factor authentication and much more. Instagram shared three new tools in a blog post which will help to "keep Instagram safe". So let's dive in to see some more details on the new tools and how do they work.

Instagram Adding Third-Party Authentication App Support, Account Verification And More

The first two features are designed to provide further information about the account, which can be your own or another. The third feature offers two-factor authentication for a more secure login process and enhances security.

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The new "About This Account" section will allow individuals to see more context of a specific account. Once the feature is available, users will be able to simply visit a profile, tap on the "..." button and then open "About This Account" option. You will then see information like country of origin and even the username changes which the account underwent since it joined the platform.

“Our community has told us that it’s important to them to have a deeper understanding of accounts that reach many people on Instagram, particularly when those accounts are sharing information related to current events, political or social causes, for example. If you do see an account on Instagram you believe violates our Community Guidelines, you can report it.”

It's not easy verifying an account on Instagram. The process involves proper examination and accounts with the large following are official. However, for new accounts, the task isn't simple.

Now, Instagram is making a form available to users within the app which users can fill and request for verification directly from Facebook.

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“To access the verification request form, go to your profile, tap the menu icon, select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Request Verification.” You will need to provide your account username, your full name and a copy of your legal or business identification. This information will not be shared publicly.”

Lastly, support for third-party authentication apps will add two-factor authentication. This will add another layer of security on the platform.

“To use a third-party app to log into your Instagram account, go to your profile, tap the menu icon, select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Two-Factor Authentication.” Select “Authentication App” as your preferred form of authentication. If you already have an authentication app installed, we will automatically find the app and send a login code to it. Go to the app, retrieve the code and enter it on Instagram, and two-factor authentication will turn on automatically. If you don’t have one installed yet, we will send you to the App Store or Google Play Store to download the authenticator app of your choice. Once you’ve installed it, return to Instagram to continue setting up your two-factor authentication.”

The listed features will be rolled out on iOS and Android in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the subject. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.

This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the new changes coming to Instagram? Let us know in the comments.