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Instagram Tests Child Age Verification, but Falls Short of Full ID Checks Meta’s new policy will make it tougher for teens to update to adult accounts. But they can still lie about their age in the first place

Instagram is making a move to address a longstanding concern of parents and lawmakers: verifying the age of its users, particularly children. Yet the new tools fall short of carding everyone on Instagram. They will be used only when users already registered as 17 or under attempt to say they are adults.

Meta Platforms Inc. said Thursday that if users of its photo-centric social network try to edit their dates of birth so that they are deemed to be over 18, it will now require additional verification. Instagram is testing three...

Instagram is making a move to address a longstanding concern of parents and lawmakers: verifying the age of its users, particularly children. Yet the new tools fall short of carding everyone on Instagram. They will be used only when users already registered as 17 or under attempt to say they are adults.

Meta Platforms Inc. said Thursday that if users of its photo-centric social network try to edit their dates of birth so that they are deemed to be over 18, it will now require additional verification. Instagram is testing three options: requiring users to upload IDs; ask adult Instagram friends to vouch for their ages; or submit videos of their faces that will be analyzed to estimate age.

Instagram is adding these extra steps as part of its efforts to ensure an “age-appropriate” experience for minors. While children under 13 are prohibited by the network’s terms of service, those who say they are ages 13 to 17 can use it with some limitations. Yet Instagram doesn’t verify the age a user declares when creating an account, and Instagram said these new tools won’t change that.

“We continue to think that collecting a date of birth and age is the appropriate...

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