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Instagram is testing new ways to verify the age of its users MPNRC

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(Reuters) – Instagram said on Thursday it is testing new options for users to verify their age on the platform, beginning with people in the United States.

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The photo-sharing service owned by Meta Platforms Inc. said it is testing two new ways to verify a person’s age, while also allowing them to upload their identity proof online.

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“When we learn that someone is a teenager (13-17 years old), we provide them with age-appropriate experiences such as letting them default into private accounts, preventing unwanted contact with adults they do not know and limit the options that advertisers have to reach them with ads,” Erica Finkel, director of data governance at Meta, said in a blog post.

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Instagram said it has partnered with Yoti, a company that specializes in online age verification, to ensure users’ privacy.

Users can upload a video selfie to verify their age, after which Yoti’s technology estimates their age based on facial features. Instagram said that both Meta and Yoti will delete the image once the age is confirmed.

Another option is for people to confirm the age of the user to select three mutual followers, and the person verifying must be at least 18 years old.

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The move comes after Instagram halted the launch of Instagram Kids last year, after receiving criticism and opposition for the project.

Instagram Kids was touted as requiring parental permission to join, and providing ad-free, age-appropriate content, but US lawmakers and advocacy groups urged the company to cite safety concerns. He urged them to abandon their launch plans.

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