Instagram to Require Users to Provide Their Date of Birth

Instagram today said that it is now requiring all Instagram users to share their date of birth to "create safer, more private experiences for young people."

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Instagram users who have not already provided their birthday to Instagram will be prompted to share it. Instagram plans to ask for date of birth when the app is opened up, and will provide notifications asking for the information a handful of times.

Users will be required to share their birthdays to continue using the Instagram app. Instagram also plans to place warning screens on certain posts and will ask for a birthday before allowing the content to be viewed. This is the same interface that's already in place for sensitive or graphic posts, but it will also now require a date of birth confirmation.

The age information will be used to create new safety features, and it will help ensure that the "right experiences" are provided to the "right age group." Back in March, Instagram introduced changes to prevent adults from sending messages to users who are under 18, and last month, began defaulting new accounts for users 16 and under to private.

Instagram is developing "new systems" to address people inputting the incorrect date of birth, using AI to estimate how old people are. Going forward, if someone selects an age and Instagram's technology disagrees, the app will offer a menu of options for age verification.

Top Rated Comments

Goldfrapp Avatar
12 months ago
Sure, you can have it:

01/01/1900
Score: 70 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheLinkster Avatar
12 months ago
Because you definitely can't fake your birthday.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Asarien Avatar
12 months ago
"Oh, your Birthday's coming up? Why don't you treat yourself to that thing you've been looking at for the past few weeks."
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calys Avatar
12 months ago
ah, i trust facebook very much with my dob! i’m sure mr zucky in no way will use this for any other purposes, like data collection!
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
icanhazmac Avatar
12 months ago

Instagram is developing "new systems" to address people inputting the incorrect date of birth, using AI to estimate how old people are. Going forward, if someone selects an age and Instagram's technology disagrees, the app will offer a menu of options for age verification.
Popup:

Hi from Instagram! We need you to enter your birthday so that we can [S]better identify you[/S] protect the children.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calys Avatar
12 months ago

The age information will be used to create new safety features, and it will help ensure that the "right experiences" are provided to the "right age group."
so it’s just for advertising...not surprised at all
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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