Have you been asked for your photo ID on Instagram? If so, your not alone. Last week various users on Instagram reported to be locked out of their photo sharing app.
On January 19, Instagram introduced a new terms of service which CNET first discovered on Tuesday.
Users were first worried that their accounts had been hacked. However on Friday, Talking Points Memo confirmed that the ID requests on Instagram (which is now owned by Facebook) were legitimate.
A Facebook spokesperson told Talking Points Memo “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”… “Unfortunately, I can’t share more with you beyond that as we don’t go into details beyond that.”
Facebook declined to state exactly why a number of users would collectively receive notifications to provide government issued IDs last week or what specific violations had occurred.
Instagram’s has the right to ”refuse access to the Service to anyone for any reason at any time” according to the terms of service.
What do you think of these recent developments? Will you still be using Instagram?