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Reasons for: Instagram verification requests

Some of the most annoying bumps while Instagram management is: email verification request, phone verification requests, action blocked, disappeared post, “account compromised” popup and of course, banned account. But every single request has a specific particular reason.

Today we will try to find the reasons and explain why it may happen.

Email verification request

  • The common email verification request

It’s the most simple request ever. Usually, Instagram asks you to verify the account when you move it to the new IP or proxy or when you move the account to the new device.  Every “device” like software or common mobile phone generates technical data which would be assigned and used by the account (actually, only software generates the technical data, because mobile phone already has its own static data). Its user agent (UA), device ID and a global unique identifier (GUID).

For the geolocation, identification is used attached IP address to the account. It might be the IP address of ISP (mobile carrier) or IP address of home Wi-Fi network or any other public hot spot. While the account is used in mobile application – it’s assigned to some specific geolocation by IP address. When you switch between mobile connection to Wi-FI and vise versa – the IP address and DNS are changed, while the region (location) is staying the same. But once the geolocation or/and technical data is been changed due to the travel, or a newly assigned proxy (IP address) from a different region or country – Instagram may send an email verification request.

  • Copyright violence

If you publish or repost some other’s photo or video without permissions – the owner of the original photo may report your account, as a result – the post would be removed and you will get a notification in the Instagram application about copyright violence and, but not always email verification request. It should be noted if you repost someone’s photos or videos and mention original photo owner in the post caption – it doesn’t give you permission for using his photos. It’s just credit and nothing else. That’s why if you are still going to use someone’s photos or videos – we advise avoiding mentioning original owners in the description. Otherwise, the owner gets instant notification and may report your account quick and easy.

  • Community guidelines

According to the Instagram community guidelines nudity isn’t allowed on the social network. Photos and videos that include “sexual intercourse, genitals and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks” aren’t allowed. That’s why if you try to post some related content you may get an email verification request, then 100% the post would be removed. And in case you publish over and over this type of content again – account would be banned. Exactly that’s why one of the hardest niches on Instagram is “hot babes” pages or adult CPA, cuz this type of pages exactly requires related content. Therefore in such cases simply don’t push it and if you need to publish a hot content – publish it, but avoid nudity

  • Email changing

The quite usual notification which Instagram sends to your email once the current email been changed to the new one. Actually, Instagram sends 2 emails: the first one to the current email, with a text like: “your email have been changed.” and the second one to the new email with a confirmation link

  • Email confirmation

It’s not a verification request, but it’s related to the email verification process, that’s why I will admit it too. Once the email is changed – Instagram asks to confirm the new email. To confirm it all you have to do is: login into the new email, open a mail from Instagram and click “confirm email link”.

  • 3rd party applications

There are a lot of different applications and services around the web which offer to boost account’s engagement or the reach level, boost the number of followers or sales and etc. A lot of them require an account’s login and password to get access to your account. The problem is not access to your account actually, the problem is: they will use your account to boost someone else account’s too and in return, you may get low-quality followers or bots in another word, which could be pointed as fake followers. Therefore once Instagram detects unusual account activity it sends an email verification request to your account and also you may get a notification like this one.

Reasons for: PV, EV, action blocked, compromised account

In addition, fake followers would ruin your account’s engagement too. So, in this was Instagram also trying to protect your account from the fake bot accounts. But sometimes the notification may pop up even for high-quality white hat accounts which are running in software with super conservative settings. It happens very rarely, so there are no reasons to stop running accounts.

Phone verification request

Phone verification is another type of verification requests by Instagram. There are also some types and reasons for that. The reasons for email and phone verification requests are similar and are different at the same time. Nevertheless, in some cases account gets email request, while in other cases phone request. The next logical question is “why ?” If an account gets a phone verification request exactly – it means Instagram needs additional verification or deeper verification of the account due to the account’s trust level, the volume of changed data or distinction in the actions.

  • Actions

If/when an account gets a phone verification request while it’s running in the software with some kind of actions – it’s like a sign or identifier – something is wrong. It could be wrong, too fast actions or too similar settings across all the accounts. That’s why it’s needed to change or reduce the number of actions to avoid identification of accounts as spam or bot accounts. For more info please read – Instagram rule number 1: All actions must be unique. The actions directly affect the account and its trust level. The trust level of the account is the most important part. Actions (current and previous) in a complex with settings, proxy, software, account creation method, attached phone number and email – define global account trust level.

  • Trust level

Instagram is a huge social network with a million of users inside. The management of so volume social network requires a lot of resources and the right setup algorithms. Exactly the algorithms identify whether your account gets phone verification requests, action blocked or deserves to be banned. But any kind of algorithm doesn’t make an impulse decision. Every single decision is made on a lot of collected statistical data and user’s behavioral factors. In 2019 most of the algorithms are self-taught. It’s still far away from artificial intelligence, but still. Therefore exactly algorithm in a complex with so-called Instagram’s red flag point value system (link and thread would be added soon) define account trust level.

  • Cleaning wave

The term “cleaning wave” speaks for itself. It’s just a particular period of time when Instagram set up their algorithms more aggressively to clean out the network from bots and fake accounts to keep the network clean and friendly for new future users. The common users are not affected at all by actions such as that and usually, they even do not know about some cleaning waves or about phone verification waves. This makes vulnerable to be banned and to get a phone verification request only spam accounts and accounts that running in bots. It also could be simple niche accounts during the growth process or accounts of clients who are managed using automation software. On one hand, it may seem strange and makes no sense, but on another hand the reason is clear. And the reason is simply the number of actions.

The actions of the common real Instagram user on average are the next:

  1. Open the app
  2. Check the notifications (likes, comments, new followers, DMs)
  3. Reply to some of them (In 99,9% cases the interactions would be with a friends or account’s followers in other words)
  4. Watch the stories
  5. Scroll the feed
  6. Like a couple of photos

In general, that’s all. Real Instagram users never follow tons of random users daily. Random users with a specific number of followers/following, users who interacted with specific photo and so on. Real users just follow other profiles and if they even follow some new profiles daily – they follow a few of them, maybe 5 or 10, rarely up to 50.

Put yourselves in a position of the real Instagram user or take your personal account and analyze the way you are using it. And now It all makes sense and absolutely clear how Instagram algorithms identify who is who. Who is a real user and who is not or what account uses the software

However, the question arose: “If Instagram knows about every single fake account or account which violates its rules and uses automation software for growing – why Instagram would not ban all of them? It’s so simple”

Yes, that’s true, it’s simple. But the answer to this question is at the heart of the social network itself, marketing, rules of business and quality management. The “show must go on” and the social network must grow. The enterprise without growing is a loss-making enterprise, what for its part contrary to the basics and rules of doing business. Considering The Facebook market capitalization of over 525.72$ billion for April 23, 2019, and given the number of shareholders – Facebook (owner of Instagram) cannot afford a loss of any kind of rates including the number of users. Exactly that’s why they silently run so-called cleaning waves what allows them to keep a balance between “purity” and “growing” of the network.

The paradox

The more spammers social network has – the better social network is.

Spam identifies the global level of network engagement and involvement. Nobody would spam in a dead social network.

  • Action blocked

The reason for “action blocked” directly depends on the account trust level. But except for that the proxy matters and really matters. For more info about proxies, read – (thread would be added soon)

The better proxy is – the fewer issues account gets. The cleaner it is – the fewer action blocks account has. There are many views – the proxy is only one and the main reason for most issues or phone verification requests exactly, but It’s partly right. Unfornutanetly there is still no answer on the question “how to identify flagged proxy?” or what exactly the term “flagged proxy” means.

We have to admit – there is a lot of proxy checkers around the web, such as https://getipintel.net/ or https://www.ip2location.com/ which are really useful and help to identify proxy quality, type and affiliation. But these services do not and will never have access to the Facebook (Instagram) database of suspicious proxy servers. That’s why it would never be possible to check if the specific proxy is exactly flagged in a particular social network. For more info about proxy – pls read (the link and thread would be added soon)

In addition, there is a particular type of actions blocks:

  1. General action block pop-ups when it made too many actions per hour/day or actions are made too fast and in case of using mobile proxies. Some DC proxies by default are blocked with a like tool or/and follow tool
  2. Temp action block – possible in case of API fail, too fast actions and because of the workload of a cell tower in case of using mobile proxies. For more info click here (thread would be added soon)
  3. 24 hours action block – in 95% of cases it appears if the account is used simultaneously with 2 different IPs and/or devices and the same tools: in official mobile app and in automation software. For example, the client (owner of the account) likes some user’s photos and the account is running in the software with a “like” tool too. In 5% of cases, this notification may appear for the newly created and not enough warmed up account
  4. Instagram update: June 1, 2019
  5. Account compromised. It’s a new notification that may pop up on the accounts which are managed in the automated software and used in mobile phones at the same time. In general, the reason for that pop up is someway Instagram identify account uses or managed in some kind of automated software. It could be software exactly or the type and number of actions. To avoid these problems – you have to use well up to date software and random settings (actions) to not let Instagram find and a pattern in the account’s actions. Also, we have to say that the proxy doesn’t play a big role in this case.
  6. Coincidence. I’ve never been a big believer in coincidence, but sometimes actions that are difficult to explain could be called “coincidence” or “combination of circumstances”. In Instagram, its a situation when the setup seems to be well, but some reason account rarely gets PV request. For example, if an account in a specific short period of time gets some number of reports – it will get a phone verification request. The likelihood of an “event” such as that is too low, but anyway it’s possible, for example when the account follows only private users.
  7. Software itself. Unfortunately, Social networks and Instagram exactly updates too fast to identify bot/automated accounts. The natural performance of the account must be done via official social network API, which is absolutely closed to the obvious reason. Software devs, even the best of them not always keeping pace to stay the software up to date, and that’s even you have a super good setup of proxy, actions, and accounts – the bottleneck might be a software exactly, usage of what is identified by social network- as a result, the account gets restricted.

 

Reasons for: PV, EV, action blocked, compromised accountBan of account

The banned account is the quintessence of persistent violation of all the rules, starting from account creation using low-quality data: software, proxy, phone number. And ending with skipping the warming process and using wrong settings and actions which allow Instagram algorithms to make a decision to ban the account. For more info read Instagram red flag value system (thread would be added soon)

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