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Meta just employed its latest tactic to keep little kids off VR

What you need to know

  • All Meta Quest 2 and Quest 3 users must re-verify their age while playing VR.
  • A one-time prompt will automatically appear on your headset when your account is ready for verification.
  • Meta says this step provides access to age-appropriate tools, content, and protections.
  • Users who don’t follow these steps within 30 days of receiving the prompt cannot use their headsets until they do so.

Meta is rolling out a new age verification process for all Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3 users, ensuring that every user is equipped with an age-appropriate account setting. Over the next few days, Quest users will receive a prompt on their headset to input their birthday, followed by a quick setup to ensure privacy settings are appropriate.

Meta says users will have 30 days to enter their birthdate once this prompt is available. Users not following these steps after 30 days will block their accounts until the required information is entered. The company notes that birthdates are not public unless you specifically choose to make that information non-private in your account settings.

“On our app store, we want to make it easier for developers to better understand the ages of people who use their apps so they can provide age-appropriate experiences for preteens, teens, and adults. Parents, in turn, can trust that apps are providing the most age-appropriate experience and protections the app offers for their child’s age.”

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Meta lowered the age requirement for using a Quest headset from 13 years old to 10 years old last Summer, adding in a new type of account that requires a parent to administrate. These preteen accounts, made for ages 10-12, have the most restrictive privacy and content settings, and parents can manage whether children are allowed to download and install apps, as well as block certain apps and games entirely.



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