Instagram is looking into additional options for teenagers to prove their age and abide by platform policies.
Video selfies using facial analysis algorithms are being tested by the Meta-owned app as a new age-verification technique.
By altering their date of birth to make them appear older than 18, some Instagram users try to get around the platform’s 13+ age restriction.
However, US teenagers who attempt this will now have three options for proving their age: submit an ID, request the support of three adult users, or take a video selfie.
The new techniques, according to Meta, should guarantee that teens have a “age-appropriate experience” on Instagram.
The project has the potential to try and safeguard kids from stuff that isn’t for them and make their internet experience more age-appropriate, according to Will Gardner OBE, chief executive of Childnet and director of the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Such initiatives are “far overdue,” according to the UK-based 5Rights Foundation, which advocates for children’s online safety.
According to 5Rights, platforms need to “leave behind the ‘don’t look, don’t see approach’ that has put millions of children in danger,” noting that “just knowing the age of your users is not enough.”
Earlier this month, more tools were made available to parents and guardians of teen Instagram users so they could keep an eye on their children’s usage.
Now, they may limit the amount of time their child can use the site and view specifics of any reports they submit.
Additionally, those who frequently see the same topics on Instagram’s explore tab will be “nudged” to look at alternative content, and those who frequently scroll through reels will be urged to “take a break.”
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