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Instagram and Facebook want some users to upload photo ID

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Reports are circulating about certain Instagram and Facebook users who are finding themselves locked out of their accounts for violating the ToS associated with each site. Before being allowed back into their accounts, these people are being asked to upload an image of a government issued photo ID before being allowed back onto the site.

Instagram and Facebook are requesting some users upload the image of a government issued photo ID

Instagram and Facebook are requesting some users upload the image of a government issued photo ID

According to those who have been asked to provide an ID, not all forms of identification have been accepted by the two sites and those people are being asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate before regaining control over their account. Many are confused about whether these requests are legitimate or if it is the work of a knowledgeable phisher. A spokesman for Facebook, which owns both sites, said, "Instagram occasionally removes accounts due to violation of terms and, depending on the violation, may ask people to upload IDs for verification purposes."

Instagram just updated its ToS on January 19th. While it can be understood why Facebook would verify a user's identity as it requires account holders to use their real names, there is no such requirement for Instagram which makes the demand for ID a bit puzzling for users of that site. The photo sharing social network might eventually join Facebook and request account holders to use their real names, but for now it is not a requirement for Instagram.

Neither site would comment further. Did any of our loyal readers receive a request for photo ID pertaining to their Facebook or Instagram account? Did it escalate into a request for a birth certificate? Let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.


We’re sorry, but we can’t 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 don’t 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.


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source: TPM via AllThingsD

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posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:07 7

1. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

This is total bs why should we have to have a goverment id to use a site, my only question is if i am presented with this is there a way to just delete my account or am i stuck on there? Im not going to upload my id to facebook or twitter. just so some scumbag will hack there system and steal my id and ill be screwed.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 12:36 6

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

big brother at work

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 14:07 6

8. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Not even p0rn is this strict.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 16:35 1

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Many a times Politicians are wanting this done to get after someone who has Leaked some nasty details or talking ill of a politician/political party. At least this is how Indian politicians are behaving against social networking sites ... they go after people who talk ill of certain politicians on social media sites.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:19 1

12. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Most likely due to the big news of the notre dame football player being scammed and multiple stories like that. Personally anyone above the age of 13 should be smart enough not to fall for these scams.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:20 4

2. skuld (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

.. and sale em to make money.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:22 1

3. eatingpansies (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

dont violate tos and you will not have to provide a goverment id or the like , its bs that you want to argue about what they ask for if you cant follow their own rules... its their site, you do not have to use it ... create your own damn site

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 11:22 1

4. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

This is sooooo dumb its on a whole other level. What if you accidentally go on another website by accident that imitates Facebook and it asks for your personal info like this. Lets say its Facebok.com... The user will think its legit without checking the URL and BAM. Easiest identity theft EVER.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 12:46 2

6. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


.....be right back. *leaves to go make Facebok.com*

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 13:10 1

7. skymitch89 (Posts: 1366; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

I think that this is just stupid!! I see no reason as to why they need photo ID to verify that the account actually belongs to the person logging in. You've got to love how "free" our country is.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 15:42 1

10. saltydog15 (Posts: 11; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

in case you had not noticed, the people of our country are all too willing to give up our freedoms. it's much easier to let "big brother" protect us from each other and decide what we can and can not do.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 14:24

9. fsnas (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

please people sign the petition below to get Instagram on WP8.


posted on 30 Jan 2013, 14:14

13. Rayvelynn (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

First of all Facebook & Instagram needs to get their life, ain't no body got time for all that. =0\
In several years we will be like Facebook who? Instagram who? Don't get to cocky FB & instagram you too can be easily replaced like Myspace.

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