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Instagram begins testing age verification tools of video selfies and confirmation from other users

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Instagram has started testing new age-verification tools, including new technology that claims to be able to estimate the user's age using a video selfie. The'Age Estimation' technology from digital identity company Yoti analyses the user's facial features using artificial intelligence (AI), in order to predict their age. Instagram is also a new age-verification method that involves asking three separate users to confirm how old they are. The photo sharing app, owned by tech conglomerate Meta, has begun testing the tools in the US as of today, with the aim of providing more age-appropriate experiences. A third age verification method of uploading a valid form of ID, like a drivers license or ID card, is already available.


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."


Instagram is testing artificial intelligence to verify the age of users

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The social network Instagram is testing new ways to verify the age of its users, including an artificial intelligence facial recognition tool, to verify that people are 18 or older. Tools are not yet available to try to keep kids off the Meta platform. The use of artificial intelligence for facial recognition, especially in teens, has raised some alarms, given Mita's turbulent history, When it comes to protecting users' privacy. Mita emphasized that the technology used to verify the age of people Unable to identify you – only age. Once verification is complete, Meta, in partnership with Yoti "Startup", Face video recording will be deleted.


Like. Ghost. Flirt: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens

WIRED

Lara has just updated her Instagram with a picture. It's shot from afar, from a height, and the girls look like synchronized swimmers or else mermaids. They've taken dance classes since they were three--jazz, hip hop, and ballet--and the grace and confidence with which they move their long limbs in tandem is hypnotizing. The first comment is a classic--emoji with the heart eyes--the second, "cuties." Lara and Sofia are shy, almost painfully so, with people they don't know. They move around in the world with heads close, chatting conspiratorially. This belies how substantial their Instagram reach is. Each 16-year-old has more than 1,000 followers, especially surprising when you realize that their feeds are locked, and the girls say they at least vaguely know every single person that follows them. Perhaps more impressive, though: Each post on their feeds has at least 300 likes--meaning that roughly a third of their followers have signaled their approval. Just to give you an idea, only a fraction of Kim Kardashian's 78 million followers actually like her photos, about 2 percent. Lara and Sofia are sophomores at Menlo-Atherton, a public high school with 2,200 kids in a tree-lined residential neighborhood in Silicon Valley. The air smells different in Atherton. Menlo-Atherton has been ranked as a California Distinguished School by the state board of education. Mark Zuckerberg donated VR equipment to the school.


Juul Survives a Blow From the FDA--for Now

WIRED

Can you Currently buy a Juul e-cigarette? That depends on what day of the week it is. Earlier this week the FDA denied marketing authorization for Juul, which first started selling its e-cigarettes in 2015 (though it has operated under various company names since 2007). The FDA said the reason for the denial was that Juul "failed to provide sufficient toxicology data to demonstrate the products were safe," ArsTechnica reports, and as such the agency could not complete its toxicology assessment. The FDA specifically pointed to "potentially harmful chemicals leaching from the company's proprietary e-liquid pods" as a concern.