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Government ID requests recently issued by the Facebook-owned Instagram led to frustration and confusion across the Internet last week. Users flocked to Yahoo Answers with questions, understandably concerned about a possible phishing attempt.

Yahoo Answers user Moi sparked the longest thread, claiming that the listed acceptable forms of ID included a driver’s license or a passport. Moi went on to state that other information would have been accepted such as a birth certificate or social security card paired with a work or school ID.

When users attempted to access the Instagram application, they were greeted with a message requesting “account validation”:

Your account has been secured and requires account validation. Please login to Instagram.com from your desktop computer to validate your identify.

Some users were concerned that the request was a scam or a phishing attempt. However, online publication CNET verified with a Facebook spokesperson that the photo-sharing site may request that users upload a photo ID for verification. Additionally, the site may remove accounts for violating its terms and conditions.

The Instagram photo ID requests came shortly after a revised policy released on Jan. 19. Facebook has offered no other solutions or remedial responses for users.

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Have you been asked to verify your Instagram account? Did you think it was a phishing scam?

Source: Yahoo Answers via CNET

  1. GreyMatatabi
    March 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    i never use instagram, no i know one more logical reason for not using it (i prefer other services)

  2. Ron Lister
    January 31, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Now this is just a guess, but here's what I think the reason is. I'm guessing or predicting that facebook is going to work on a facial recognition system for whatever purpose. What beter way to build a database than to have your customerbase upload there ID photos. just a guess.

  3. Steve
    January 30, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I don't think I'm gonna bother with an instagram account now - sounds like too much hassle!

  4. Cody Smith
    January 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Blizzard does this for removing a Battle.net authenticator from your account when you lost said authenticator and need to remove it, so this isn't really too uncommon.

  5. Cody Smith
    January 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Blizzard does this for removing a Battle.net authenticator from your account when you lost said authenticator and need to remove it, so this isn't really too uncommon.

  6. Anestis Kozakis
    January 30, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Makes me even more glad I don't have an Instagram account.

  7. Elizabeth
    January 30, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Every time I read an article like this it reminds me of how happy I am to have never signed up for ANY social media sites. I have a couple of email accounts and that's it. Am I the only person who realizes the irony of Big Brother Suckypants having a birth year of...

    Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    SO glad I don't own a "smart" phone either. HAL 9000 in the palm of your hand...

  8. Mihovil Pletikos
    January 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    that's a reason for people to stop using it.... next it will ask sample of your blood, etc....

  9. Sas
    January 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I still don't get the point of instagram. I think it is stupid. Why would you wan't your hgh quality iphone 5 images messed up with sucky effects? Use photo stream or email.

  10. George Corcoran
    January 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I'd more likely believe it to be a phishing scam

  11. DB
    January 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    just deleted my account. asking for ID is racist, just like when voting.

  12. Alcadema
    January 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I had Instagram installed (though too busy to actually use it much), but I think I'll just uninstall it now. Wonder how many users they lost with this move...

  13. shaurya gupta
    January 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I don't use instagram!!!

    • Aleksandra Huey
      January 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Me neither, and now I'm seriously glad I don't!

  14. dragonmouth
    January 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    "online publication CNET verified with a Facebook spokesperson that the photo-sharing site may request that users upload a photo ID for verification."

    HOW would Facebook know whether the photo ID is valid or not unless they already have a copy of that ID for comparison? If FB has a copy of the ID, HOW and WHY did they obtain it? I was not aware that driver's licenses and passports fell under the purview of Freedom of Information Act.

    "Additionally, the site may remove accounts for violating its terms and conditions."

    Is the site going to keep the contents (images) of the removed accounts for their own use, or are they going to return it to the account holders?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      January 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Hi dragonmouth,

      I don't know where you're going with the ID questions, since I've been asked for my ID in theaters and shipping centers. Can't say they had a copy of the ID.

      Regarding the images, I'm not sure. I would assume the site would retain the rights. When you accept the terms, you accept them for anything you upload.

      • dragonmouth
        January 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

        "I’ve been asked for my ID in theaters and shipping centers. Can’t say they had a copy of the ID."

        Yes, they did. :) They could compare the ID to the original, your face.

        "Regarding the images, I’m not sure. I would assume the site would retain the rights"
        Do cloud storage services retain the rights to any files you upload for storage? If any service did that, I would drop it like a hot potato. Why should images be treated differently? Maybe because they can be monetized? Shortly after Instagram was taken over by Facebook, they issued new terms in which they claimed the ownership of any and all images stored on their servers. They also reserved the right to use those images in any way they saw fit without any attribution to the original owners. After a large uproar from the users, the policy was supposedly rescinded.

  15. Jim Gibson
    January 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    This is totally silly I have used Instagram for years so why would they need me to varify my identity.

  16. prashanth singh rathore
    January 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    yep i was been asked i think this is an scam so i dint clicked on it......!!

    • Joshua Lockhart
      January 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Do you have a screenshot of the email?

  17. anonymous
    January 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    why in the world would you make use of such an intrusive service?????

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