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Instagram Testing Age Verification Tools in More Countries

Sat 04 Mar 2023 | 11:51 AM
Omnia Ahmed

Meta has started testing its age verification tools on Instagram in more countries, including Canada and Mexico.

When users attempt to edit their date of birth on Instagram from under the age of 18 to 18 or over, the app will require them to verify their age using one of the three methods.

The test initially launched in the US, and later rolled out in Brazil and Japan in October. Meanwhile, the age verification tools are being tested in more countries in Europe, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Australia, and Japan.

In order to verify your age, you can provide an ID like a passport or a driver’s license. Then, Instagram will store your ID for 30 days on its servers before deleting it.

If you do not have a valid ID, you can choose the video selfie method. Instagram has partnered with London-based digital identity startup Yoti for this option.

Once you upload a video selfie, it is shared with Yoti, which verifies your age using specially trained AI. Once the verification process is complete, both companies delete the data.