Instagram asks users to set the date of birth or you can not use the app
Instagram will ask all users to set a date of birth if they want to continue using the app, Facebook has announced, as part of the company's efforts to introduce a safe experience for users under 18 years old.
The application was introduced two days before the UK began implementing the age-appropriate design code. The code requires companies to identify child users and make special efforts to protect their personal data.
"This information allows us to create new safety features for young people and helps ensure that we are providing the right experiences for the right age group, " the company said in a statement. "Recent examples include changes we made in March to prevent adults from texting people under 18 who do not follow them."
Another set of updates from the company prevented advertisers from targeting audiences under the age of 18 using any information other than their basic demographic information. This will also help the company comply with the age-appropriate design code.
Instagram does not require users to share evidence that their date of birth is correct, the company uses a range of techniques to identify children who have entered false information as part of the registration process.