Instagram tests new methods for users to verify their age

Instagram is testing new methods for users to verify their age, including an AI tool built by a third-party company, Yoti, that estimates how old you are just by scanning your face. Users can ask friends to verify their age, or have their face scanned by AI Currently, Instagram asks users to verify their age only when teenagers try to edit their birth date to show them as 18 or older. Officially, you have to be at least 13 years old to sign up for an Instagram account, but for years the company made little effort to enforce this rule. This isn’t the only AI-powered tool Instagram uses to try and estimate users’ ages, either. To verify their age, users can send in pictures of various ID cards, and, from today, users in the US will have two additional options: social vouching and AI estimation. The numbers show, in years, the error rate of Yoti’s age estimations for different age ranges, skin tones, and genders. For the first method, social vouching, Instagram will ask three mutual followers of the user to confirm how old they are. The second method, AI estimation, involves sending a video selfie to a third-party company, Yoti, which uses machine learning to estimate a person’s age. (The Verge). Continue reading.

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