The social network does not mention children who are already potentially among the hundreds of millions of network members.
Born after 2006? Instagram will now ask users to indicate their age when they create an account, to prevent children under 13 from coming to the Facebook photo and video app, according to a company statement released on Wednesday December 4th.
This information “will help us ensure the safety of young users and facilitate a more appropriate age experience”said the California subsidiary. The application is aligned with Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok, which also require the anniversary date when a new registration.
However, Instagram does not mention children who are already potentially among the hundreds of millions of network members. Nor does it mention any age or identity verification process, as it exists on other sensitive applications. It remains a priori possible to enter a false date of birth.
The date of birth will not appear on the profile. If a user has linked their Facebook and Instagram accounts, the date given to the social networking giant will be automatically communicated to the platform. Instagram is planning to use this additional data for “customize the experience”, with educational programs aimed at young people on the parameters of privacy protection.
The app further enhances the privacy of messages, allowing users to choose who can add them to newsgroups (anyone or just the contacts they added to their list of followers).