Instagram recently announced changes intended to stay young users safe, but these features depend upon knowing the user’s age. For that reason, Instagram says it’s started asking users for their birthdays, assuming the user hasn’t already as long as information. Beyond that, the corporate says that it’s also ready to provide users a customized experience by providing this information.
Instagram first started asking its users for their birth dates a couple of years ago — and, consistent with the corporate, it already has the detail on the bulk of its users. For those that haven’t yet confirmed their age with Instagram, however, they’ll see a replacement prompt once they open the app that asks them to feature their birthday.
The prompt includes a link to find out more about why Instagram wants that info, also because the choice to avoid providing the detail by tapping “Not Now.” That reprieve will only be offered for a brief while; if you reject the prompt several times, Instagram says you’ll eventually be required to supply the knowledge to continue using the app.
Beyond that, Instagram would require users to share their birthdays before viewing a post that’s hidden by a warning screen. This, too, applies to users who haven’t already shared their birth dates with Instagram. the corporate acknowledges that some users may provide a fake birthday to urge around age-based restrictions.
The company says that it’s using AI to determine whether the user is potentially a special age than they’ve provided. If the AI identifies a possible issue with a user’s birthday, Instagram says that users will be presented with various options to verify their birthday. The AI-powered age verification feature is listed as in its “early stages” at this point.