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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

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The change focuses not on keeping young children off Instagram, said Meta’s director of data governance and public policy Erica Finkle, but on making sure teen accounts reflect true ages and receive the right safeguards.

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Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over 18 (although users could still use false birth dates when setting up accounts).

Erica Finkle with Instagram parent Meta said the new tools aim to ensure teen accounts reflect users’ actual ages and receive the right protections, rather than keeping the underage off the platform.

Users can submit some accepted form of personal identification as proof of age, which Meta said it will store securely and delete within 30 days; they also can ask three adult Instagram friends to vouch for their age, or they can submit a video selfie from which digital identity company Yoti's artificial intelligence will guess their age.

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