cnbc.com/2022/06/23/instagram-testing-new-ways-for-teens-to-verify-theyre-18-years-old.html
Instagram is testing ways for users who attempt to edit their age to confirm their real age. The measures are guided by the principle that teens and adults have age-appropriate user experiences. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook parent Meta, said it is sending video selfies to Yoti, a company that uses artificial intelligence to estimate age.

Instagram is testing new options in the U.S. to verify that users are 18 years old. Users who attempt to edit their age from under 18 to 18 or older will have to confirm their age by uploading a photo ID. The stricter age checks come after studies tied Instagram use to the mental health of young users.

The social media platform said the measures are guided by the principle that teens and adults have age-appropriate user experiences on the platform. Instagram in 2019 began requiring people to provide their age when registering. After facing backlash, the company rolled out more tools for parental controls such as Family Center.

There's also a minimum age of 13 years old to sign up. "We want to work with others in our industry, and with governments, to set clear standards for age verification online," Meta said. "Many people, such as teens, don't always have access to the forms of ID that make age verification clear and simple," the company said.
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