Instagram – two new changes to keep youngsters safe


DUBAI – Popular social media platform Instagram announced on Thursday (December 5) that it has rolled out two new updates as part of its ongoing work “to keep young people safe”.

Age check

“Starting today, we will require new users to let us know their age before they can sign up for Instagram,” the social media platform announced.

Those under the age of 13 will not be allowed to join, “per our longstanding policy that you must be 13 to have an Instagram account”.

User who have connected their Facebook account to their Instagram account will have the date of birth added based on the details in their Facebook profile, which means that editing one’s date of birth on Facebook will also change it on Instagram.

Users without a Facebook account or those who have not connected their accounts can add or edit their birthday directly on Instagram.

“Historically, we didn’t require people to tell us their age because we wanted Instagram to be a place where everyone can express themselves fully – irrespective of their identity. In the spirit of that decision, we won’t show people’s birthday information to others in the community,” Instagram said.

Message and chat group block

The social media platform also said that in the coming weeks, it will be rolling out a new setting in direct messages that will allow people to choose to no longer receive messages or be added to chat groups by people they don’t follow.

Instagram said it is rolling out the changes, particularly on the age check, to “allow us to create age-appropriate experiences for our youngest community members, while living up to our longstanding rule to ensure people who are underage do not have access to Instagram”.

“The safety of young people has always been central to our decision-making, but we are increasingly doing more. Over the coming months, we’ll be exploring additional changes using birthday information; for example by recommending young people enable more private settings,” Instagram said. ICA/Expat Media


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