Instagram: when you’re in trouble, shake your smartphone!

Instagram is probably one of the most widely used social networks these days. Even more than Facebook. Meta (formerly Facebook) is therefore putting everything on this platform with new features. Here, however, we got to know two more. One is more interesting than the other. Because when you have problems on Instagram, you have to shake your smartphone.

Instagram: when you’re in trouble, shake your smartphone!

It was the person in charge of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, who shared this news in a short video. First the iOS app and then the Android version will offer the option of removing individual photos from a carousel. The second is much more interesting. It’s called “Rage Shake” or shaking with rage in Portuguese. The new feature of Android and iOS is to be used when something doesn’t work. So just shake the smartphone and a dialog will open with a button to report problems in the app, but you can deactivate this function in the same place.

Instagram shake

It’s definitely funny when applications for mobile devices or operating systems add such features by themselves. Shake to do something. With iPhones, for example, you can enter text again when you shake your smartphone. This despite the fact that with the release of iOS 13 in 2019, another activation method for the same effect emerged.

However, there is one other message that has also arrived.

Fake profiles have always been a major headache for those who manage social media. In fact, there are thousands of accounts that don’t really belong to any person, but rather systems that are just about distributing advertisements and, in some cases, computer threats. So Instagram is taking action and is now asking users to take video selfies to confirm their identity. And interestingly, this system is already fully implemented. In fact, some Portuguese accounts already had to do this in order to continue using Instagram.

Instagram requires video selfies to verify identity

But what about video selfies? Instagram company Meta says these video selfies will never be available on Instagram. You stay in a certain safe place and go out in 30 days. In addition, they guarantee that no biometric data is collected or the company’s facial recognition technology is used. Now many are wondering whether this will really be the case. Only things didn’t always go well on Facebook when it came to data protection.

Instagram shake

In any case, Instagram is asking people to create a short video clip that will later be used by the company’s artificial intelligence algorithms to confirm that we are a real person. For this video we have to turn our heads in different directions. This will help confirm whether or not you are a real person.

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