Instagram is testing new age verification tools for accounts over 18, including video selfies.

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Instagram has been looking for better ways to manage and engage with younger and older users for years, not only to better comply with the rules, but also to better target them to age-appropriate and relevant content and ads. In the latest step, the Meta-owned platform is testing a new set of features — video selfies, verification from adult friends, and ID provision — designed to check when people say they are 18 or older.

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The test covers US users who will now potentially see these options if they try to change their age from under 18 to 18 and over.

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There are two main use cases for this new verification system: adults who have mistakenly registered as teenagers and are trying to enter the correct age; and teenagers who are trying to get around the age restrictions of the platform. Instagram has periodically made changes to these restrictions, including the creation of accounts for young people. default in private mode.

Notably, this does not change the checks during the registration process, where you must enter your date of birth. According to the company’s rules, you must be at least 13 years old to register in the service.

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In the US, if you change your age from under 18 to 18 and over, you will be prompted to select one of the options mentioned above. You can provide proof of identity such as a passport or driver’s license for verification. The Company will store your ID for 30 days on its servers before deleting it.

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If you don’t have a valid ID listed in List of valid Instagram IDs, you can choose the video selfie method for age verification. Instagram has partnered with a London-based digital identity startup. Yoti for this part of the test. Once a user uploads a video selfie, Meta shares it with Yoti, who checks their age with its specially trained AI. After the verification process is completed, both companies delete the data.

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In his White paper As for the technology, Yoti claims that the AI ​​can only estimate your age, but cannot identify you. The firm said it trained its model on images from users around the world who agreed to have their data used for research.

The third way to verify your age is called Social Vouching. This method involves three of your friends aged 18 or over who must verify your age, and they cannot vouch for anyone else at the moment. The company said the voucher randomly receives a list of six people that does not include a family member.

The people you select for this process will receive a confirmation request and they will have to respond within three days. People vouching for you will get the option to specify your age group, such as under 13, 13-17, 18-20, 21 or older, or I’m not sure. All three must choose the same option to verify your age.

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Meta said that all information you provide for age verification is confidential and will not be seen by anyone. The company also noted that devices and app stores must complete these checks so that teens can safely use all apps and services.

“Understanding someone’s age online is a challenge for the entire industry. We want to work with others in our industry and with governments to set clear standards for online age verification. Many people, such as teenagers, do not always have access to ID forms that make age verification easy and straightforward. As an industry, we must explore new ways to solve the dilemma of verifying someone’s age when they don’t have ID,” the company said in a statement.

Meta added that it’s permanent developing AI to detect users who lie about their age. While it doesn’t scan photos and videos, it does look for signals such as birthday messages to determine the user’s true age. The AI ​​is also helping the company keep teenagers out of adult activities like Facebook Dating and Facebook Dating. Mentoring.

Instagram introduced age verification for the first time by requiring date of birth when registering in 2019. Later in 2021 he made it mandatory for everyone enter their date of birth.

Launched in the same year restrictions for teenagers for example, make accounts private by default for users under 16, block DMs from unknown adults, and prevent advertisers from serving targeted ads based on teens’ interests and activities. Instagram rival TikTok also introduced similar restrictions for users under 18 last year.

The Wall Street Journal reported last year that Instagram knows its platform. affects the mental health of young usersbut ignored its influence. Faced with backlash, the firm took many steps, such as shelving. plans to develop a special application for children as well as roll out stricter parental controls. Instagram’s new age verification methods are yet another attempt to protect teens from harmful content.




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