Instagram asks all users for the date of birth in order to continue using the app

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Instagram asks all users for the date of birth in order to continue using the app

The social network Instagram announced this Tuesday that it will begin asking all its users to provide your date of birth in the coming weeks to offer their new safety features for minors, something that will be necessary to continue the service.

The platform began to ask for thedate of birthto its users years ago and most already provided it, but now will introduce two changes intended for those who have not yet shared this information.

First, it will start by asking the date of birth when users open Instagram, showing a notification a few times.

Second, if the user sees warning screens located on the posts with sensitive or explicit content, the social network will ask you for your date of birth before you can view the content. Instagram already shows these screens but until now they did not request the age on them.

Instagram will ask for the date of birth in posts with sensitive or explicit content. Photo: AP.

This novelty seeks to know the age of all Instagram users to “create safer and more private experiences for young people” through recently introduced youth protection features, such as the one prevent adults from messaging minors that they do not follow them, or the private accounts by default for children under 16 years old.

This information also allows you to personalize your experience and apply recent changes made by Instagram to more people. restrict advertisers’ targeting options to those under 18 years of age.

What happens to Instagram in case of not accepting

The application, owned by Facebook, He also revealed what the user experience will be like if the birthday is not provided when necessary.

At first, they assured, it will show a notification several times and if you did not add the date of birth at a certain time, you will be asked to share it to continue using Instagram. If not, the platform will become inaccessible and you will no longer be able to share posts, publish Stories or send private messages.

Instagram asks all users for the date of birth in order to continue using the app

Instagram will send repeated notifications requesting the date of birth of its users. (Pexels)

Likewise, to detect cases in which users provide a wrong date of birth, Instagram is developing systems of Artificial intelligence to detect posts with congratulations such as ‘happy birthday’ to find out your real age.

In the future, if someone says they are over a certain age, and the technology says otherwise, Instagram will show them a menu of options to verify your age. This work is still in its early stages.

No more “Swipe Up”

Meanwhile, Instagram began to reveal to its millions of users the next modifications that will come to the platform, both in its version for Android phones or Apple iOS, with regard to its popular Stories.

As revealed, they will withdraw from this ephemeral content format the current form of add links, which requires swiping up – known as Swipe up-, and will replace them with the new stickers with hyperlinks.

Until now, the only way to insert links into ephemeral Stories posts was through the swipe up feature, but Only verified accounts or accounts with at least 10,000 followers could use it.

With information from agencies.