Instagram to ask for birthday to use the app?
Only Instagram users who have not previously disclosed their birthdays on the platform will be affected by the changes.
Instagram, the Facebook-owned picture sharing site, announced that it would begin requiring users to validate their birthdays as part of an attempt to develop additional safety measures for young people. Instagram has considered developing a version of its app for children under the age of 13, leading legislators to urge Facebook to abandon the plans, claiming that the social media firm has a "clear record of failing to safeguard children on its platforms." Instagram stated in a blog post that the data would be used to "ensure we offer the appropriate experiences to the proper age group."
Last month, the business said that when users under the age of 16 join the site, they will be assigned a private account by default. The app stated that when users open Instagram, it would ask for their birthdays and then display multiple pop-up messages if they did not input their birthdate.
Instagram stated that users would be forced to enter their birth date to continue using the service at some time. Instagram noted that this information enables the company to develop new safety measures for young people and ensures that Instagram offers the appropriate experiences to the suitable age range. Instagram stated that, while most users on Instagram have birthdays, two new adjustments are being implemented to provide a more comprehensive picture.
According to the blog article, they will begin asking you for your birthdate when you access Instagram. They'd display users a notification a few times, and if they hadn't received your birthday by a certain point, they'd have to share it to continue using Instagram. Only Instagram users who have not previously disclosed their birthdays on the platform will be affected by the changes. Instagram also stated that it was aware that certain users may input a fake birth date and that it was working on new technologies to solve such concerns.