With Instagram’s recent policy change that requires new users to provide their dates of birth, it’s now possible for users to decide who can follow them…
Facebook social media subsidiary Instagram now requires new people who sign up to provide their birth date. The new rule went into effect last week and is part of the company’s initiative to foster “age-appropriate experiences.”
Along with it came a few other changes. One of the most notable is the ability for users to decide who can and can’t follow them on the platform.
Instagram Users can Now choose Who Can and Can’t Follow Them
Instagram hasn’t previously asked users to provide their age when joining. But, the service’s employees can already roughly estimate a user’s age by viewing “happy birthday” posts. Plus, the company has machine learning software in-place that predicts users’ ages and gender. Moreover, it examines users’ posts and hashtags for data.
Also, users can now determine who can follow them on the site. It’s tucked inside the Settings menu. Moreover, Instagram gives users the power to prevent people who don’t follow them from adding them to groups.
The company will also begin to allow people to block messages from unknown users. And, it will now let businesses and creators to restrict minors from accessing their content.