Instagram has now got sharper eyes to figure out your age courtesy of two new age verification methods. Therefore, the photo and video-sharing platform will approach age verification now in a three-pronged way. If anyone on Instagram tries to edit their date of birth from under the age of 18 to 18 or over, the new verification measures will be waiting for them.
One, Instagram will ask your mutual followers to vouch for your age, something which it has termed Social Vouching. Second, and more importantly, it will try to take a gander at your age via a video selfie through AI. Thirdly, it will ask the users to upload their ID proof.
The new tools are being rolled out in the US for now.
For verification through video selfies, Instagram has roped in a company called Yoti. The company has promised that it will “share the image with Yoti and nothing else.”
“Yoti’s technology estimates your age based on your facial features and shares that estimate with us. Meta and Yoti then delete the image. The technology cannot recognize your identity — only your age,” Instagram said in a blog post.
When it comes to Social Vouching, you can select up to three people. Instagram will ask them to confirm your age and they will have three days to take action on that request. The rules are that “the person vouching must be at least 18 years old, must not be vouching for anyone else at that time and will need to meet other safeguards we have in place.”
Uploading your ID
As discussed above, you can also upload your ID which could be a “driver’s license or ID card”. The platform has said that the IDs will be stored securely on its servers and will be deleted within 30 days.
“The information provided in each age verification option is used to confirm your age and won’t be visible on your profile, to friends or other people on Instagram.”, said the platform in the blog post.