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Instagram experiments with new age verification tool by scanning face

By Shefali Kohli -- June 24, 2022 10:07 am

Washington [US], June 23: Instagram- the most hyped application has been experimenting for years in order to better manage and engage with younger and older users, as well as targeting them with age-appropriate and relevant content and advertising.

Presently, the Meta-owned platform Instagram is testing a new set of features designed to verify when people say they are 18 or older, including video selfies, vouching from adult friends, and providing an ID.


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According to the sources, creating an Instagram account requires that you be at least 13 years old, but the company has historically done little to enforce this requirement.

Instagram has added a new feature of age testing and verification by adding an increasing number of age-verification features and ways which can help to distinguish between younger users and adults for privacy and child safety experts.


Presently, Instagram users play a clever trick of when they are asked for their age, users confirm their age as above 13 or edit their birth date to reflect that they are 18 or older. Users can send in images of different ID cards to prove their age, and as of right now.

Instagram’s new feature will ask three of the user's mutual followers to confirm their age for the first method, social vouching. The reciprocal followers have three days to respond to Instagram's request and must be over the age of 18.

The second technique, known as AI estimation, entails sending a video selfie to Yoti, a third-party business that employs machine learning to determine an individual's age.


The UK government and German digital regulators have both given their approval for the use of Yoti's technology, which is a well-known player in the field of the online age and ID verification. It calculates a target's age using a variety of facial cues.

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For example, if a user posts about celebrating their 17th birthday while claiming to be 20 years old, their account will be flagged and they may need to provide age verification. In addition to testing a language-analysis tool that will determine whether a user is an adult or a teen based on how they write, Instagram claims that it is working to add new data points to this system.

-PTC News

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