22 July 2022
Instagram has announced it is testing a couple of new age verification features. It is meant to recognize the real age of people and to differentiate between teenage and adult users. This is because the app has some different features for the two age groups with the goal of keeping teen users safe and giving an age-appropriate user experience.
The announcement reveals a collaboration with Yoti for a new AI-powered face-scanning tool. It will require Instagram users to send a video selfie where the image will be shared with Yoti. The technology will estimate the user's age by detecting facial features. It says tech cannot recognize your face and the image will be deleted from the servers.
There is also a social vouching feature where users' mutual followers (up to three) can vouch for their age. Instagram says those mutual followers must be at least 18 years of age. Those users must not also be vouching for someone else at the same time. Their accounts should have all the safeguards in place. They will receive a request to confirm the age and they should respond within three days.
Instagram says users will continue to have the option to verify their age through ID cards like your driving license. Your submitted ID will be stored securely on servers for a period of 30 days. All of these new age verification features are currently available in the United States but will likely get expanded to other regions.