From launching new built-in anti-bullying tools to updating blocking features, Instagram has been making moves this year in making the platform a safer place for users – particularly the young ones.
Latest in its heightened security measures, the social media platform is cracking down on users under the age of 13… sort of.
Users will now have to provide their birth date to create a new account in order to verify that they are at least 13 years old, the minimum age allowed on the service. Existing users who are under 13 run the risk of having their accounts suspended or deleted.
Starting today, we’ll ask for your birthdate when creating an account, and in the coming weeks, we'll give you more control over who can message you.
This will help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences. Learn more: https://t.co/j7HuSB9Mng pic.twitter.com/8k1cejWal5— Instagram (@instagram) 4 December 2019
While users will not be privy to each other’s birth dates, Instagram will be using the information to create “more tailored experiences, such as education around account controls and recommended privacy settings for young people."
Elsewhere, Instagram is also (finally) adding controls that let people choose who they want to receive direct messages from. The setting allows users to select whether they would like to receive message requests from everyone or only people they follow.
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