Instagram will now ask users to indicate their age when creating their account, to prevent children under the age of 13 from using the app, according to a statement released Wednesday.
“This will help ensure the safety of young users and allow for a more appropriate age experience,” said the Facebook owned company in a released statement.
The application aligns with Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok, which also require the anniversary date when a new registration.
No verification of age
However, Instagram did not mention children who are already among the hundreds of millions who already have accounts.
Neither did it mention any age or identity verification process, as it exists in other applications. It remains possible to enter a false date of birth.
The date of birth will not appear on the profile. If a person has linked their Facebook and Instagram accounts, the date given to the social networking giant will be automatically communicated to the platform.
Instagram plans to use this additional data to personalize the use for Internet users, by integrating educational programs for young people on the parameters of protection of privacy.
Starting today, we’ll ask for your birthdate when creating an account, and in the coming weeks, we'll give you more control over who can message you.
— Instagram (@instagram) December 4, 2019
The app also enhances the privacy of messages, allowing people to choose who can add them to newsgroups, anyone, or just the contacts added to their list of followers.
Youth-acclaimed networks, such as Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube or Instagram, are routinely criticized for not adequately protecting children from online predators, or, more generally, for the psychological risks of using these platforms, such as cyberstalking or comparing oneself to others.
Measures against suicide and self-injury
Instagram has recently tightened its regulations to combat the circulation of content that may encourage suicide or self-harm.
The app banned photos, then drawings and illustrations about self-mutilation after a father accused him of responsibility for the suicide of his 14-year-old daughter. The teenager had, according to him, consulted a lot of contents on this subject.
In several countries, Instagram is also testing the fact of masking the likes. The network masks the number of “likes” collected by the content published by its members in order to reduce the social pressure.
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