Soon it might become easier for users to get the blue tick verification on Instagram. The company is said to be testing a new verification process with an official request form that is publicly accessible within the app for the first time. For now, the new request form is available for iOS in Australia and a few other unspecified countries.
Instagram, however, says it’ll be available to Android users in those countries over the next couple weeks. Until now, the company never had any public-facing way for individuals to request the blue check mark. This lead to scams in the form of false verification claims for a premium. Though Instagram tried to crack down on the practice over the years, it never saw the success users hoped.
The new “request verification” option will appear in Instagram’s main settings. This is where users will have to provide additional details, a copy of their ID in order to request verification. The company says that the “request verification” is a test, for now, there is no rollout as to when the feature might see the light in the day. The app request form setting notes that the blue tick is still reserved for “the authentic presence of a notable public figure, celebrity, global brand or entity it represents.”
Instagram’s strategic partner manager for the APAC region, Nicci Meek said:
This new feature will allow our community the opportunity to apply for verification themselves, and understand the process behind getting verified on Instagram. We believe opening up verification to the public will also work towards safeguarding our community