In a somewhat strange move that smells a bit like a phishing scam, Facebook and Instagram have recently been demanding proof of identity by way of an official photo ID. Facebook is now the parent company of Instagram. This has only come up if accounts have been suspended due to unspecified activity that violates the Terms Of Services (TOS) of the services. I shudder to think that people will send in a photo of their driver's license with the SSN still on it.
PCMag"This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on what type of violation may have occurred," said a Facebook spokesperson to Carl Franzen over at Talking Points Memo. "Unfortunately, I can't share more with you beyond that as we don't go into details beyond that."