Instagram to try out stronger age checks including video selfies

The Guardian 

Instagram will start testing strong age verification for the first time, requiring users who try to change their age from under-18 to over-18 to either upload a video selfie for automatic age verification, or find three adults to vouch for them. The changes, which are initially rolling out in the US, will apply only to users who have already indicated they are under 18, but try to edit their date of birth to gain access to age-restricted features. Those users are currently asked to upload ID to prove their age, but that approach carries privacy and security risks, which could make it undesirable for some. "Knowing people's age allows us to provide appropriate experiences to different age groups, specifically teens," the company said. "We require people to be at least 13 years old to sign up for Instagram. In some countries, our minimum age is higher. When we know if someone is a teen (13-17), we provide them with age-appropriate experiences like defaulting them into private accounts, preventing unwanted contact from adults they don't know and limiting the options advertisers have to reach them with ads."

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