Instagram now preventing underage users from creating accounts, requires birth date

Ruben Fields
December 5, 2019

"That should change." After not receiving Instagram comments after mobile researcher Jane Manchun Wong saw Instagram creating a verification function for Age: As the code you found indicates, Instagram will keep your birthday and private date, and synchronize it with your Facebook profile if you link your accounts.

Instagram says it will start asking for the date of birth of people creating a new account on the platform.

Instagram has the habit of copying other apps and this time it has copied its own parent company Facebook. Instagram's new terms of use now call for users to be at least 13 years of age in most countries. But you should consider how you can do more to verify the ages at which users enter and exclude those who do not belong exposed to strangers in the application. In an official blog post on Wednesday, the Facebook-owned company said that the new policy will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, thereby making it a safer place with more age-appropriate experiences overall.

A day after this piece, Instagram says it will have users input their birthdays when signing up.

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Until now, Instagram required birthdates only in limited circumstances. However, the company will not be using mechanism to verify the age as most teenagers will find it hard to confirm their age.

The app is using machine learning software to predict user's ages and genders. "I don't believe this is the end-all to solve that issue, but I do think it is important to ask for age explicitly and to make that a part of the sign-up process to make it clearer what the intentions are".

In addition, Instagram will introduce in the coming weeks options for users to block messages from people they do not follow and for both businesses and popular users who are known as "creators" to more easily restrict minors from viewing their posts, Shah said.

He added: "I can't emphasise ample that a change love this used to be no longer without controversy internally - soliciting for age up front in a signup float". Birthdays won't be visible to other people on Instagram, and existing users won't be asked to provide their birthdays-at least for now.

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