Instagram is testing two new methods for people to verify their age.
Starting in the US, if someone changes their date of birth from under 18 to over 18, the social network will require them to use the existing method of uploading a photo ID, or choose from the new options of recording a video selfie, or ask friends for confirmation before accepting the change.
“We’re testing this to make sure teens and adults get the right experience for their age group,” according to a company blog post.(Opens in a new window).
Users must be at least 13 years old to sign up for Instagram, but they can also have little or no ID to help prove that. “As an industry, we need to explore novel ways to address the dilemma of verifying someone’s age when they don’t have an ID,” Instagram said.
By choosing to use a selfie video for verification, you will receive on-screen instructions to record one. An image of your face (and nothing else) is shared with age verification platform and Instagram partner Yoti(Opens in a new window), which uses technology to estimate age based on facial features. Meta and Yoti then delete the image.
For social verification, assuming you trust your mutual followers (often friends and family), you can ask them to confirm their age. The person attesting must be at least 18 years old, cannot testify for another person at the same time, and must comply with Instagram’s “other safeguards.” Three selected people will receive a request to confirm their age and must respond within three days.
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However, as parent company Meta pointed out, it’s easy for people to misrepresent their age. Last year, the firm revealed that it uses artificial intelligence and a tween experience.(Opens in a new window) to reduce lying by minors. and Instagram uses it too. AI already helps prevent young people from accessing Facebook Dating, ensures adults can’t message teens, and curbs restricted ad content in specific feeds.
The social network will continue to allow users to verify their age by uploading a driver’s license or ID card (stored securely and deleted within 30 days), while experimenting with additional ways to perform these checks in the future. .
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