Instagram will ask users to share their birthdays. The photo application now asks new users to submit a birthday when they register as a requirement, which will be available from the end of 2019. However, previously registered people may not have shared this information.
But over the next few weeks, Instagram will begin to encourage users who have not previously shared a date of birth to do so. Although they may initially refuse requests, the application will eventually require birthdays from everyone.
So far, there are two scenarios where users will be asked about their birthdays. First, the application will display a notification “several times”. If users try to see a text hidden behind the notification screen, a request may also appear. These warnings also appear in “sensitive content” that does not violate Instagram’s official rules, but can be considered borderline as “thought-provoking” images or photos of medical procedures. Users will not be able to view these posts until they submit their birthdays, and young people will not be able to see these posts at all.
The company also says it will use artificial intelligence to allow a user to submit a fake birthday and ask some users to “confirm” their age. “In the future, if someone tells us they are over a certain age and our technology tells us the opposite, we will show them a menu of options to check their age,” the company said. “This work is still in its infancy and we look forward to sharing it soon.”
The changes are the latest in a series of attempts to strengthen security and privacy for Instagram’s youngest users. The company said it would switch to standardizing young people’s accounts as standard, and that advertisers’ ability to target demographics was limited. Recently, it introduced features to prevent minors from sending messages to teenagers. Instagram said it was in the early stages of thinking about a version of the service for users under the age of 13, which has caused concern among lawmakers and other officials.
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