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Instagram is Starting to Allow Applications for Account Verification

Published: 11/Jul/2018 13:06 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Calum Patterson

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Instagram has started rolling out an option to all users in certain regions to request verification and get that shiny blue mark next to your Instagram handle.

Verification on Instagram has been shrouded in mystery in the past, with users who feel they are deserving or in need of the blue checkmark simply having to hope that one day when they wake up it will be there.

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But now, iPhone users in Australia and a handful of other ‘unspecified’ countries, have the option to ‘request verification’ right in the Instagram app.

This is the first time that the Facebook owned service will offer a user facing method for anyone to apply, perhaps in hope of shutting down the somewhat shady business that has generated around it.

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Because of how difficult but sought after Instagram verification is, there have been numerous reports of people paying thousands of dollars to people who claim to have backdoor access and can get you the blue tick.

While some of these may be true, many times they are fraudulent and have left blue-tick wannabe’s badly out of pocket after being scammed.

This is likely a part of the reason Instagram has started allowing this option to request verification, in attempt to crack down on the so-called ‘verification black-market.’

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There is no word on when or if Instagram plans to roll this feature out worldwide, so it looks like the majority of its users will need to still be patient if they are hopeful of getting the blue tick.

And applying doesn’t guarantee anything, as Instagram will be vetting all applications to ensure the user if in need/deserving of the blue tick, as it is still intended for ‘public figures, global brands or celebrities’ only.

Instagram’s APAC strategic partner manager Nicci Meek told nine.com.au that the process will give insight to users and safeguard them, but it likely won’t make it any easier to be verified.

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“This new feature will allow our community the opportunity to apply for verification themselves, and understand the process behind getting verified on Instagram. We believe opening up verification to the public will also work towards safeguarding our community.”

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Source: Mashable

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StreamElements supports underrepresented streamers with Creator Diversity Fund

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 9:32

by Calum Patterson

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StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.

These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.

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The Creator Diversity Fund will provide them “a wide range of support from StreamElements which includes graphics, production, and mentorship.”

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StreamElements provides tools and services to livestreamers.

Additionally, SteelSeries is onboard to provide all recipients with Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headsets.

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StreamElements said they were inspired to start the fund, due to an acknowledgment that these creators, in underrepresented groups, face extra challenges in the livestreaming space.

StreamElements Creator Diversity Fund Recipients

The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.

The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”

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Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”

Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”

Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”

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StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”

“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”

Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”

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“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”

The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.

StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.

“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”

Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.