BrandArena: Instagram Now Requires Users To Provide Their Birthdate

Friday 13 December 2019

Instagram Now Requires Users To Provide Their Birthdate

Instagram will now ask new users to provide their age when opening an account. The new requirement is seemingly geared toward creating “age-appropriate experiences.”

A user’s age might produce different recommended privacy settings or generate in-app information about staying safe online, the company says in a blog post.

Birthdays will be hidden from other users, and existing users won’t have to add their birthdays for now. Users have to be 13 to join the service.

In addition to the birthdate requirement, the company will also start allowing people to block messages from people they don’t follow and also give business and creator accounts the power to restrict minors from viewing their posts.

Instagram won’t verify birthdates, but it thinks people will be honest about their birthdays, and it might eventually rely on artificial intelligence to help determine users’ birthdays.

Instagram employees can already roughly estimate users’ ages by going through posts that say “happy birthday.” It’s also already trained machine learning software to predict users’ ages and gender. It looks at the posts people make and the hashtags they use for data.

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