Mentioning the date of birth then only you have to use Instagram. Facebook has announced this last August 30 as part of its efforts to build a safe platform for under 18 years.
British news media The Guardian report says new laws are set to be introduced in the UK today to create age-appropriate environment online. The Facebook announcement came exactly two days before it. Platforms like Instagram must identify child users and take special security measures to protect their data, according to UK law. Along with that, emphasize on the welfare of children.
The rule for mentioning the date of birth on Instagram at the time of registration was introduced in 2019 But the platform will also ask the first users to mention the date of birth. If someone avoids it, the posts that are identified as sensitive for now will be blurred for the user. Next time the app will be banned for those users.
In a statement from Instagram, this information will help create new security facilities for young people and ensure users experience using apps.
Instagram’s latest initiatives to protect young users include adults who want to message someone under 18 to follow. Apart from that user profiles under 16 will automatically be in ‘private’ mode. Over the past months, several tech firms including TikTok, Reddit , Google have taken initiatives to protect young users.
The system of verification of the user’s date of birth is correct or wrong is not yet on Instagram. Birth certificate or any such proof is not asked at the time of registration. But the platform tries to identify false information through several techniques. What is that trick, Instagram has kept it a secret. That user’s friend or follower list may have been useful in this case.
Scanning valid IDs could be a possible solution to verifying user’s age collecting data from a government database. Apart from that, many companies now provide age estimation technology by analyzing pictures.