What you need to know
- Instagram is now requiring all users to tell the company their birthday.
- The company says the new requirement is needed to "create safer, more private experiences for young people."
- Anyone who has not already provided their birthday will be prompted to.
Instagram will now require all of its users to provide their birthdays in order to use the social media service.
In a press release, the company announced that the move is needed in order to "create safer, more private experiences for young people." Users have been able to share their birthdays with the company for a while now, but anyone who hasn't will now be required to.
The data point tells the app to limit certain experiences to those over 18 and protect those under it from questionable content. It is also another data point for advertisers to ensure their content is seen by the appropriate audience.
The company says that, for those who have not provided their birthday yet, the app will prompt you for it a number of times before turning off access completely. The company is also going to start requiring a birthday in order to see posts with warning screens on them.
In order to catch people who lie about their age, the company says that it is developing AI that will eventually be able to catch these instances and prompt someone to correct it.
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