Instagram has confirmed that it will now ask for age data when registering new users. The decision comes after Jane Wong, a technology researcher and blogger, identified in the social networking application code the prototyping of an age restriction feature that rejected users under 13.
When confronted if this feature would be officially released to all users, Instagram chose not to comment. However, the confirmation finally came on December 4, in a social network post on its official blog. From now on, all new users will need to indicate if they are at least 13 years old at the time of account creation.
“This information will help not only prevent minors from being part of Instagram, but also keep young people safer and create more age-appropriate experiences,” the social network explains.
Instagram states that the date of birth indicated will not be visible to other users and is only used to ensure, for example, that users under 18 do not send messages to adults they do not know or young people do not have access to restricted ads. your age, such as advertising for alcohol or gambling brands.