Instagram is now getting more serious about restricting underage usage. Starting from December 4, Instagram will ask new users to specify their date of birth on the Signup page. Alternatively, it will also use the date of birth from your Facebook profile if you are using it for signup.
The new changes to the app will restrict children under 13 years using the Instagram app, and thus violating COPPA, but will also let it create “age-appropriate and safer experiences” like child-oriented account control tutorials and privacy settings. However, all these user-experiences changes will come into effect later this month.
“Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall,” Instagram notes.
One thing that Instagram mentioned that your date of birth will be kept private and will be not visible to others. In addition to that, Instagram is also modifying the controls for direct messages. In the latest release, Instagram will drop an option that will limit incoming direct messages and group invitations to the people you follow. This will let you better control over the direct messages and will put you away from spammers. This change will reflect in the coming weeks.
The age-restriction move on Instagram was already announced by the parent company, Facebook last year. This will also include more proactive reviews of suspected underage accounts as kids usually lie during the age checks on the social platforms. Also, this move is taken in the vision to defense against regulators worried that Facebook and its brands aren’t doing enough to protect kids’ privacy.
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