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Influencers are using fake musician accounts to get verified on Instagram

FILE - This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device in New York. Instagram is testing new ways to verify people’s age to use the service, including a face-scanning artificial intelligence tool, having mutual friends verify their age or uploading an ID. But the tools won’t be used, at least not yet, to try to keep children off of the popular photo and video-sharing app. Rather, they are only for verifying that someone is 18 or older. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

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Influencers are using fake musician accounts to get verified on Instagram

A new investigation from ProPublica reveals a million-dollar Instagram verification scheme.

Reset talks with one of the reporters behind the investigation to learn more about the inner workings of the scheme and the motivation of its users.

GUEST: Craig Silverman, reporter at ProPublica

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