According to screenshots shared on Twitter by social media strategist Matt Navarra, Instagram is asking some people to submit a video self-portrait showing multiple angles of their face to verify that they’re a real person. The social networking site has dealt with bot accounts for a long time, which may leave spam messages, harassed individuals, or be used to artificially boost likes and follower numbers. A follow-up tweet from Instagram owned by Meta indicates that it’s asking suspicious accounts to confirm that they’re real, not automated bots.
According to XDA Developers, the feature was first tested last year but encountered technical difficulties. “Instagram has been offering video selfies for more than a year now,” Instagram claims. Users have described being instructed to take a video selfie as part of an effort to authenticate their current accounts.
A writer on Twitter named Bettina Makalintal shared a screenshot of the assistance screen for the stage where you actually snap a video selfie, which says it’s looking at “all angles of your face” to verify that you’re a genuine person and that the verification screen is showing up for many people.
I tried making several sketchy-looking Instagram accounts, but I was never given the video challenge. Instagram announced that suspicious activity by accounts (such as rapidly following a lot of people) might result in video selfies being requested. The company also emphasized that the functionality does not use facial recognition, and that Instagram employees screen the videos. According to Instagram, one of the ways video selfies are used is to aid in the detection of bots, leaving other applications possible.
Given Meta’s recent disclosure that it would be shutting down one of its Face Recognition capabilities, many people may be shocked by the decision. The initial statement, however, has been recanted by the company. It was only shutting down a particular Facebook functionality, not Meta’s whole use of facial recognition. Instagram, on the other hand, states that the video self-portrait functionality will not employ face detection and that the video will be deleted after 30 days.
Users may be wary of Meta’s promise to not store or post their data, given the company’s reputation for sharing user information with third parties. With a simple message, attackers may have gained access to Instagram users’ supposedly private birthday information (which you’ll be forced to supply within the next year) months ago. Of course, Instagram hadn’t promised to erase the birthday information like it promised in its disclosure about video selfies, but it would be difficult to blame people (especially minors or individuals who wish to remain anonymous) for feeling violated if they were asked for that information.
To wrap things up, instagram is asking a select few users to confirm that they’re real with a video selfie, but you need to be doing dome real bot stuff for them to even consider asking you for one.
What do you think about the selfie video? Let us know!
A YouTuber from Utah has been arrested and charged with accepting fraudulent claims from AAA.
A hurricane man known for a popular YouTube channel called “Matt’s Off Road Recovery” has been charged with insurance fraud and accused of defrauding AAA through his firm, Winder Towing.
The arraignment for Matthew David Wetzel, 46, who was charged in late October with one count of making a false or fraudulent insurance claim, a second degree felony, is scheduled for next week. AAA is accused of paying more than $15,000 to Winder Towing in order to cover allegations made with known misrepresentations between January 2019 and August 2020.
According to charging papers, the Utah Insurance Fraud Division was contacted by a consumer with a complaint about AAA. After an investigation, the division determined that many of the claims made to AAA had significant errors regarding the claimed services or tow locations, according to court documents.
In one case, AAA covered three claims for a vehicle tow to Salt Lake City, totaling $2,800. The claim recipient told the Utah Insurance Fraud Division that his automobiles were not towed as he had stated in the claims. The individual agreed to receive construction supplies from Wetzel and the unnamed person submitted claims to AAA instead of paying Wetzel directly, according to the allegations.
According to the allegations, Wetzel accepted responsibility for fraudulent claims in a phone conversation, stating that he had supplied towing services to the individual on separate occasions and asking him to file an AAA claim rather of requesting payment or billing the customer at the time of service.
According to the complaint, Wetzel also allegedly stated that he would provide services without immediately billing the person, then later ask them to submit a claim.
“According to the investigator, Wetzel said he never completed a project that did not have a real service associated with it,” according to the report.
In another case, charging documents claim that Wetzel assisted with a tow for someone who did not have an AAA membership. According to the complaint, Wetzel advised the individual to join AAA, wait a few days before filing a claim, and so on. The paperwork claims Wetzel advised the customer to obtain an AAA membership, wait a few days before filing a claim, and so on. According to authorities in Apple Valley, California, charges were filed for a tow from Las Vegas to Washington County when the actual tow was from Apple Valley.
The third instance of fraud charged in the accusations was for an off-road tow of a Polaris RZR, which is not covered by AAA, according to the document. The owner of the RZR reportedly utilized his buddy’s AAA membership and stated that Wetzel’s business towed a truck rather than the RZR.
Video of the tow and Wetzel speaking to the owners was recorded, according on the paper, then posted to Wetzel’s YouTube channel, which features videos of off-road tows.
The channel has nearly 900,000 subscribers.
A Norwegian YouTuber is said to have perished after tumbling into a lake while on a filming journey — only days before his 57th birthday in a video.
According to reports and a Facebook post from his reported partner, the Norwegian YouTuber known as “apetor,” whose real name is Tor Eckhoff, died after he fell into an ice lake while on a trip to shoot a video.
According to the Norwegian news source Verdans Gang, an American-born Norwegian died on Saturday after he fell into the water at Jakobs Dam near Kongsberg on Friday. He was 57 years old.
Eckhoff, a well-known YouTuber who has more than 1.2 million followers and 389 million views on YouTube, posted videos of his adventures in Norway, frequently skating on frozen lakes and showcasing animal encounters and picturesque landscapes.
Eckhoff’s most recent video, which was posted on November 22, is titled “I am Not Dead, I am 57 Today,” and it’s written in English. Over the last five years since he was 53, Eckhoff has uploaded a birthday video with a similar name to commemorate his age.
According to Verdens Gang, Eckhoff lived with Tove Skjerven, who stated in a Facebook post on the “apetor” page on Sunday that Eckhoff was going on a vacation to film himself ice skating for a video.
Skjerven wrote in the blog, which is in English, that divers rescued Eckhoff from the cold water and took him to a hospital. Despite efforts to save his life, he died on Saturday after doctors “turned off all the machines that had kept your body going,” Skjerven wrote.
On Saturday, police in Norway’s South-East Police District said that firefighters had rescued a man in his 50s from Kongsberg who had fallen through the ice into the water and that a rescue helicopter was transporting him to Ullevål hospital.
The South-East Police District declined to answer questions, stating that it is “unable to discuss an ongoing investigation.”
In his “About” section on his YouTube channel, Eckhoff stated that he was born in 1964, resides in the coastal city of Sandefjord, and works as a painter. He claimed to have gained 200,000 subscribers in August 2018 and 1 million followers last December, according to the page. According to the profile, the channel was established in October 2006; only a year after 2005 when the platform opened.
In his most recent video, which has been viewed over 1 million times and liked 57,000 times, Eckhoff joyfully guzzled alcohol while strolling around outside kissing a tree and lying in a tub of murky water. People are mourning him by commenting that they’re remembering all the time they spent watching his videos and hoping he “rests in peace.”
Skjerven was also well-known on Instagram, where he had 66,000 followers and posted images from his travels. Skjerven did not respond to a request for comment.
Our hearts go out to the friends and family of apetor, who passed away tragically this weekend. our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Customers were defrauded by the Chanel advent calendar.
TikTok users have exposed the low-cost items that Chanel included in their advent calendar.
Customers were defrauded by the Chanel advent calendar. Tiktok users have exposed the low-cost items that Chanel included in their 2021 advent calendar. Over the past few days, TikTok videos have been surfacing of the Coco Chanel advent calendar, a calendar that’s worth over $800. Although, the gifts included have not been equalling to a value of $800.
A TikTok user, @eliseharmon shared videos of her opening the product, only to be disappointed. Each video she has shared have reached over 7 million views, while the numbers are increasing.
She found that the majority of the items were low-cost and not worth the $800 price tag. Items included in the advent calendar are; a plastic bracelet made with cheap string, stickers, temporary tattoos, and more stickers.
The only valuable items to be shown are 2 red lipsticks and 1 nail polish.
Fans have now taken it upon themselves to call out to Chanel, demanding refunds and telling them they need to release a better advent calendar. Over the past two days, Chanel received intense backlash through TikTok and deleted their account. Throughout Instagram, backlash comments are on the rise.
Chanel has yet to make a comment on the products and the videos that’ve been released. Although, they continue to try and monitor comments through Instagram, and are trying to delete them as they roll in.