You can now apply to be verified in Instagram

Instagram is letting more people apply for verification starting today, and it’s also rolling out general security improvements.

Accounts that have large audiences can now directly ask for verification through a form, instead of hoping that Instagram will one day grant them the status, or by paying on the black market.

To apply, just go to your profile, head into Settings, and tap Request Verification. Then you’ll need to give Instagram your account name, full name, and legal or business ID. After an unspecified time, Instagram will notify you whether your request has been approved or rejected.

The Facebook-owned company is also looking into improving security for users. Now third-party authenticator apps like Google…

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