Instagram will start requiring users to confirm their dates of birth as part of an effort to push for new security measures for young people, the popular social media app said on Monday.
Instagram has explored the possibility of creating a version of its app for children under 13, provoking reactions from the political arena, because —as parliamentarians had said— Facebook (which owns Instagram),
“it has a clear history of failing to protect children on its platforms.”
Instagram said in a post that it will use the information to:
“ensure that we provide the right experiences to the right age group.”
Last month the company had announced that it would default to users under 16 on “private” accounts when they register on the platform.
As it became known, users will be asked for their birthday dates when they open Instagram and then no “pop-ups” appear if the user does not put on their birth date. At some point, users will have to submit the date to continue using the app, Instagram said.
These changes will only affect Instagram users who haven’t already set the date.
Instagram admitted to knowing that some users might be putting on a fake date of birth, and said it is developing new technologies to address such problems.
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