3 billion fake accounts. 3 billion reasons we created Voice.

Our mission is to create a platform free from bots and fake accounts, where transparency and integrity rule. The only way to do that presently is through traditional Know Your Customer verification (aka “KYC”).

For us, placing such an emphasis on KYC reflects our commitment to creating a better digital existence. Others might balk at the idea of requiring identification in today’s world because they know it will dramatically reduce signups, but we know that Voice users who share our vision will appreciate the payoff because the end result—real people—is what matters most. We’re in it for the long run.

No ifs, ands, or bots.

Which begs the initial question, what is KYC? Put simply it’s about verifying a user’s identity. It’s a phrase normally used in financial industries like banking, in which a business needs to know that the customer they’re dealing with, is in fact, a person and that person. 

Today, KYC relies on standard practices dictated by governments utilizing physical documents issued by those governments (e.g., driver’s license, passports, national ID cards), and we’ll be honest — the process isn’t as easy as we’d like it to be. In fact, just like media, we think identity verification needs a rework too (patience, we’re working on it). 

In the meantime, Voice has partnered with a trusted third-party vendor to securely verify your identity. It’s important to note that with few exceptions the information you provide is used by the vendor for this purpose only, is not shared with anyone else, and is automatically deleted after a period of time. For more details, we encourage you to read their privacy policy during the sign-up process.

So what’s needed? Two things everyone has within reach.

First up, a driver’s license, passport, or national ID that shows your address and secondly a quick snap of your face. You know, a selfie. This tells us you are who you say are and you live in a region where Voice is available.

When your profile is verified, you’ll be publishing and interacting with others, out in the open, where you can be sure everyone is a human.

Voice is getting real and needless to say, we’re here for it.

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