Instagram has created a seal of authenticity to ensure the accuracy of the accounts of famous people, celebrities and brands. This badge is a tag that appears next to the name of an Instagram account in the search field and profile. An account that displays this round blue icon with a white V inside indicates that Instagram has confirmed that this account belongs to the person or brand it represents.
The feature was created by Instagram to protect this type of account, which is easily falsifiable. Thus, the social network guarantees the veracity of the accounts and facilitates the search for people and brands. So far, few celebrities and brands have been awarded the stamp of authenticity:
How to request the blue label on Instagram
The account verification request must be made from the application. Enter your profile and click (on the iPhone, but the path is the same for Android devices) in the three lines icon in the upper corner of the screen:
Then in the lower right margin, click the gear icon Settings.
Look in the menu for the Request verification option.
After completing and responding to what is requested by Instagram, click the Submit button.
It is worth remembering that simply sending the request does not guarantee that you will get the certification seal (blue or grey).
How to tell if an account is authentic without a stamp of authenticity
Even without the authenticity badge, you can verify that an account is authentic by connecting the Instagram profile to an official website of the brand or person, a Facebook page or Twitter.
How to know if someone is pretending to be you
If you come across an Instagram account that is pretending to be you, the first thing to do is report that account to Instagram.
How to report a fake account
If you have an Instagram account, use this form and verify that the requested data has been filled out correctly. Instagram also requests the sending of a photo ID issued by a government agency. However, if you do not have an account on the social network, fill out this form.
How to report a post
To report an Instagram publication on iOS and Android, touch the three horizontal dots above the post and Report. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
How to report a profile
For both iOS and Android, touch the three horizontal dots icon at the top right of the profile and Report. Then follow the on-screen instructions.