Them forcing you to submit photo ID is suspicious to me.Just a few days ago I noticed I wasn't able to promote any of my posts on Instagram. I have a photography business with two accounts.
It was bringing up some bullshit error message and I forgot about it. Yesterday after failing to promote a post again, I decided to dig a little deeper to see what was up. Just trying to find out what the problem was took me forever.
It turns out my PERSONAL FACEBOOK ACCOUNT (which unfortunately is linked to both my IG and my Facebook business account) has been "restricted" and thus I am not allowed to advertise my business on other Facebook-owned platforms.
After talking with a tech savvy friend of mine, it appears the algorithm was tightened up during the election, and using trigger words like Trump or Covid will put you on their radar. I very, very occasionally comment under news articles (but am ALWAYS civil, never abusive, and I always avoid anything too contentious - like BLM for example).
I have commented lately about Covid, and I am pretty sure this has flagged my account.
I have spoken to a rep who said there has been "suspicious activity" on my account and I have been forced to submit photo ID.
It has scared me - my ability to advertise and market is unfortunately dependent on these tech monopolies.
It is terrifying they can simply restrict your account or ban you, and they can do it without blinking an eye. They are beyond reproach, and good luck trying to figure out what rule you've broken.
They're probably putting you into a database and the photo is just so they know that they have the right guy when the mass arrests start in the future.