Instagram has included video selfies as a new tool to combat fraudulent profiles and bots on the network. Users may use the feature to verify their identity by taking a brief selfie video, which is then verified by the company’s algorithms to ensure that you’re a real person. However, it appears that Instagram didn’t spend enough time training its face identification system, as a Barbie doll can easily trick it.
Alexander Chalkidis demonstrated (via Soyacincau) how to easily spoof Instagram’s video selfie feature by scanning the face of a Barbie doll in a recent video. Chalkidis performs the same verification with a Ken doll in a second video.
Surprisingly, the verification mechanism does not even consider the user’s gender while confirming their identification.
It’s worth mentioning that video selfie verification was first launched by Instagram last year. However, numerous customers stated that no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get the feature to authenticate their identity.
After then, Instagram removed the feature from the app. The social networking platform relaunched the function this week, with a year’s worth of updates. However, it appears that the verification process has become a little too lenient.
Instagram hasn’t issued an official statement on the subject as of yet. However, we expect the corporation to provide an update as soon as possible. As soon as we learn more, we’ll update this post.
Have you tried the new video selfie verification tool on Instagram? Have you had any trouble proving your identity? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.