Instagram Expands Age-Verification Tools to Exclude Under-13 Users

Instagram is expanding its age-verification features to guarantee that its platform is accessible to everyone.

The company owned by Meta is investigating new methods for users to verify their age in Mexico and Canada, among others.

Those who desire to verify their age can upload identity documents or a selfie video. They can even request that their mutual friends upload a video “vouching” for their age.

Meta began testing the function in 2022 and discovered that it prevented 96 percent of minors from falsifying their age by altering their birthdays to make them appear older than 18 years old.

In an effort to prevent youngsters under the age of 13 from joining the app, the firm began requiring users to verify their age in 2019 for the first time.

Meta has partnered with Yoti, which specializes in methods to verify age without infringing privacy, to aid in this endeavor.