Instagram Video Selfie verification can be fooled by a doll

Instagram Video Selfie verification fooled by barbie

Instagram video selfie verification is Instagram’s latest measure to counter fake accounts. But looks like the tech giant once again failed its users. Instagram released this feature last year but pulled it off for improvements. The reason was that users were unable to verify no matter how many times they tried. Instagram had to roll back to Photo ID verification. Cut to present, the Instagram video selfie verification feature releases again. But looks like it wasn’t as successful as expected.

Instagram Video Selfie verification can be tricked by a doll

While creating a new account, Instagram now verifies that you’re a real person. You will get a pop-up asking you to take a video selfie. You need to position your face in the circle and move your head left and right. Once you’re done, you can submit the video selfie and Instagram will take a few seconds to automatically verify it.

A user Alexander Chalkidis found out an interesting loophole in this feature. He fooled this system using a Ken and a Barbie Doll.

Interestingly, the verification system doesn’t even take the gender of the user into account while verifying their identity. At the time, Instagram didn’t release any statement but there will be an update incoming. Stay tuned, we’ll update you about it.

This probably means Meta is not using their Face Detection Algorithm to identify you as a human. It’s more like a CAPTCHA but a difficult one. Meta recently ended Facial Recognition for Facebook. They didn’t announce anything similar for Instagram. Meta faced criticism for privacy concerns.

Apart from that, video selfie verification is not a new thing. Popular dating apps like Tinder and Bumble also use this type of verification. But the verification process on these apps is more complicated.

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