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    Default Instagram Asking For Your Government Issued Photo IDs Now, Too

    Over the past week, a number of users of the popular photo sharing app Instagram and parent company Facebook have been locked out of their accounts and prompted by both services to upload images of their government issued photo IDs to regain access, as CNET first reported on Tuesday.

    Concerned users seeking to regain account access have turned to several outlets online, including Yahoo Answers, to try and determine whether or not the prompts asking for images of their IDs are real or are hacking attempts.

    TPM itself has received a number of emails and communications from users reporting that they have been abruptly locked out of their accounts and asked to provide photos of their IDs. Heres a screenshot of one such prompt from Facebook:

    More frustrating still for some users, not all IDs have been accepted, leading Facebook and Instagram to send follow-up emails asking users to provide more documentation, including their birth certificates, if necessary. Check out the transcript of one such email forwarded to TPM below (name edited):

    Hi,

    Were sorry, but we cant verify your claim based on the ID you provided. Please reply to this email with a different government-issued photo ID. This ID must include your full name and date of birth. If any of this information is located on the back of the document, be sure to include an image of this as well.

    If you dont have a government-issued photo ID, we need you to send us two things:

    -A copy of a photo ID (ex: work or school ID)
    -A copy of an official document verifying your name and age (ex: birth certificate)

    These documents must be from a respected institution (ex. business, university) and combined must show your full name, birthday and identification photo. We will permanently delete these documents after we resolve your issue.

    Note that we will not be able to process your request unless you send in proper ID. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Thanks,

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    As it turns out, the requests are official and are being done by Instagram and Facebook in response to suspected violations of the two social networks distinct terms of service.

    This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on what type of violation may have occurred, a spokesperson for Facebook told TPM. Unfortunately, I cant share more with you beyond that as we dont go into details beyond that.

    Facebook declined to state exactly why a number of users would collectively receive notifications to provide government issued IDs this week or what specific violations of terms prompted the notifications.

    Back in February 2012, well prior to its acquisition of Instagram in April that year, Facebook confirmed that it had begun asking some users to provide government issued photo IDs, but at that time, a Facebook PR rep told TPM that the company was only testing this process right now with people who have a large number of subscribers, and would iterate based on the feedback we receive.

    That iteration seems to have extended the online ID checks to people even with relatively small numbers of Friends and followers, as one user who emailed TPM to complain only reported having about 200.

    Facebooks own spokesperson told TPM the government-issued ID checks were only being done if we have reason to believe the person is potentially in violation of the Terms, irrespective of a users number of followers and Friends.

    The new round of prompts for IDs came shortly after Instagram updated its terms of service and privacy policy on January 19, changing the language of these documents slightly but meaningfully, giving Instagram more discretion to advertise around user content and to manage its network. A previously proposed change that would have allowed Instagram to display a users identity, content or account in conjunction with advertising products was scrapped after a vocal outcry from some users.

    Nonetheless, Instagrams new terms of service do have several additional bits of language that specifically give it the power to suspend a users account at will.

    Whereas the terms of service prior to January 19 simply stated that Instagram could terminate a users account for any of some 14 basic terms (no nude or sexually suggestive photos, no harassment of other users), the new terms allow for a more nebulous process of account disabling.

    We reserve the right to modify or terminate the Service or your access to the Service for any reason, without notice, at any time, and without liability to you, reads one clause in the new terms of service as of January 19, 2013, which also later state: We reserve the right to refuse access to the Service to anyone for any reason at any time.

    There isnt anything in the terms or privacy policy, new or old, expressly about government issued photo ID.

    The fact that Instagram is asking some users to provide government-issued photo IDs to prove their identity before restoring access to their accounts is arguably more difficult to understand than in the case of Facebook, as Facebooks terms of service require users to provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way, where Instagrams terms contain no such obligation.

    On the contrary, many Instagram user account names use pseudonyms, nicknames, shortened names and other stylized usernames that bear only slight or no resemblance to a persons legal name. Celebrities including pop singer Rihanna often employ stylized usernames, for example. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbergs Instagram username is a shortened version of his surname. Its unclear, for now, whether Instagram will be moving to a real names policy as well.

    Facebook and Instagram declined to provide further comment on their policies around ID submission at this time beyond what was included in this report.

    Source - http://talkingpointsmemo.com/images/...nfirm-ID-s.jpg

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    if i see this im uploading a picture of domo

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    thanks for the share.
    hopefully i don't get this.

    imma upload a picture of Bin Laden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demon450 View Post
    if i see this im uploading a picture of domo
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    thanks for the share.
    hopefully i don't get this.

    imma upload a picture of Bin Laden.
    They might ask for your birth certificate if they find it's not an ID
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    More frustrating still for some users, not all IDs have been accepted, leading Facebook and Instagram to send follow-up emails asking users to provide more documentation, including their birth certificates, if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus View Post
    They might ask for your birth certificate if they find it's not an ID
    there is a birth certificate of bin laden somewhere.

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    Hopefully this doesn't happen to Obama and they ask for his birth certificate.

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    My ID's already on Instagram

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    That's dumb as hell. Glad I don't use those cesspools.

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