Wow. I heard rumors of Facebook doing this and now people are confirming that Instagram is now requesting these too.
“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,” a spokesperson for Facebook told TPM. “Unfortunately, I can’t share more with you beyond that as we don’t go into details beyond that.”
If you were actually paying for Instagram this would make sense.
Note: To Facebook’s credit you can pay for features like promoted posts so it makes sense. Instagram doesn’t charge users though.
Unless Instagram is planning on offering premium services like Facedaddy, then their request for government ID’s should not be met with compliance, but a letter from a lawyer (not a mention a call from your state Attorney General’s office).