Instagram Launched Age-Check Feature For Underage Users

by StartupWorld Staff         

The most trendy photo-sharing app, Instagram, has launched a new feature that will ask for the birth date while creating an Instagram account. This new feature has already come into regulation in most of the countries to restrict children below 13 years of age. The new feature is initiated to prevent underage children to consume illicit content available on Instagram. 

After Facebook, Snapchat, and TikTok, Instagram also initiated the step of the age-check feature. It’s notable that Instagram already has underage users amongst its 1 billion users worldwide, but the new feature will not ask for the age of existing users. 

While creating a new account, if a user links the facebook account to the Instagram account, it will fetch the user’s information to update age on Instagram account. 

Instagram Launched Age-Check Feature For Underage Users

If a user updates or edits the birth date in the Facebook account, it will be reflected in the Instagram account as well, Whereas if the user does not have or not connected to his/her facebook account, they need to add DOB directly while signing in to Instagram. Privacy kept under consideration; DOB will not be visible for others; only the account holder can view it in his/her bio.

In addition, Instagram will soon come up with an update of the best recommendation on privacy settings and account control, according to the user’s mentioned age. Moreover, Instagram is also planning to add the feature to control the direct message and story replies you receive from random Instagram users. If you enable this feature, you will only get messages; the group adds request and story replies from your following list.

New Age-check feature of Instagram is following the Child Online Privacy Protection Act, which fines $40,000 on violation of breaching the information of users below 13 years.  After 9 years, Instagram finally took this responsible step, which will lead to the welfare of children as well as society.


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