Instagram is going to ask users for a copy of their ID if they are suspected of “inauthentic behavior”. For example, the company wants to keep bots out, Instagram writes on its blog on Thursday.
In cases where Instagram doesn’t trust it, the company will ask users to submit a copy of their ID. Most users will not be asked for that, Instagram emphasizes.
It only concerns suspicious accounts. “This includes accounts involved in coordinated false behavior, if we see that most followers are in another country or if we see signs of automatism, such as bot accounts.”
Users who do not submit a copy of their ID despite a request will be shown lower in the Instagram feed. As a result, fewer people get to see their photos and videos. It is also possible that Instagram will close the accounts completely.
Instagram says it will keep copies of identity documents for thirty days. Then they are removed.