Instagram trials age verification to better protect children online

23/06/2022 | The Guardian

Instagram is piloting an age verification scheme in the US to improve children's online safety. Methods of verification for users changing their age to over 18 include uploading IDs (retained for 30-days), recording a selfie (deleted after verification) or confirmation of age from three 18-plus users. Meta Director of Data Governance and Public Policy Erica Finkle said, "we're focused on really providing age-appropriate experiences and so that's why we're starting with this as a test."

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