Instagram will soon demand users reveal their real age for content moderation, plus the social site will use AI to ensure people aren’t lying…
Instagram is about to require uses to verify their age. The Facebook subsidiary already started the process in 2019, when new people who first signed up for the service, must submit their birthdays. However, users who didn’t supply such information prior to the change were allowed to skate. Now, everyone will have to give their real age to the social site in order to keep using it.
Instagram to Require Users’ Birthday for Age Verification
Instagram says it’s doing this to ensure sensitive content isn’t shown to people under the age of 18. For instance, so young users aren’t shown ads for alcohol. What’s more, anyone under the age of 16 has their accounts set to private by default. The company is already reportedly working on a separate app for people younger than 13, but until it arrives, this is the way Instagram is proceeding.
For those who think they’ll be able to fudge a little or lie outright about their birthday and therefore, age, Instagram says it will deploy artificial intelligence tools to sniff out fibbers. (Although, the social platform isn’t giving any details about the technology. Nor is it disclosing its other age verification methods.) What’s clear is that Instagram will require all its users to give its app their true age in order to continue to access its site:
“…we’ll start to ask you for your birthday when you open Instagram. We’ll show you a notification a handful of times and if you haven’t provided us with your birthday by a certain point, you’ll need to share it to continue using Instagram.”