If you haven’t already, Instagram will start expecting you to share your birthday date. The organization announced that it will begin informing users to put their birthdate in their profiles to assist in “personalising” their accounts with the app. The necessity has been presented just days before the United Kingdom begins enforcing the age-appropriate design code, which requires businesses to be aware of children’s needs and to make a special effort to monitor and focus on their social well-being.
A lot of this work requires us to know how old everybody is on Instagram, so over the next few weeks we’ll be asking people to share their birthday with us if they haven’t shared it previously. pic.twitter.com/8jTbhcyOae
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) August 30, 2021
We’ve been clear that we want to do more to create safer, more private experiences for young people. To do that we need to know how old everybody is on Instagram, so we’ve started asking people to share their birthday with us if they haven’t shared it previously.
Although the action may be easily overlooked, Instagram assures users that it is necessary as a result. According to Instagram, the revelation comes as the business develops more safety features geared at supporting more youthful users.
This year, further safeguards were put in place ahead of time as Instagram plans to release a model of their programme intended towards users under the age of 13. The new safety features, which went live in March, have made it more difficult for adults to communicate with children through the app. According to the organization, those under the age of 16 would have their accounts set to private by default. Adults who have accounts that have been deemed “certainly questionable” are now barred from engaging with teens on Instagram.
Instagram may even require that users update their birthdate data if they happen to come across a post with a warning signal. The actual presentations aren’t new, and Instagram just announced that it no longer requires a user’s birthday before exposing picture content. The organization has also created an AI that should detect when children have perhaps misled about their age in the hopes of preventing children from being deceitful on the app.
It’s not just Instagram that has implemented specific restrictive measures to protect youngsters’ personal information. TikTok, YouTube, and Google have also introduced new features to assist children in staying safe while using the internet.
Check out the previous article to know about the safety measures for children online safety by these social media platforms.