Instagram is developing to create safer and more private experiences for young users. So, they need to know how old people are on Instagram. Instagram is asking people to share their birthday in case they haven’t shared it in the past.
Instagram Is Asking People to Share Their Birthday
The information about people’s birthdays allows Instagram to develop new safety features for young users and makes sure that they approach the right experience to their age on this platform. For example, in March, Instagram introduce a feature that helps to prevent adults from sending messages to people under 18 who don’t follow them. Last month, Instagram started to default new accounts belonging to people who are under 16 into a private setting.
By collecting this type of information, Instagram can personalize your experience on this platform. For instance, Instagram can apply their recent changes to restrict advertiser targeting options for audiences under the age of 18, to more users. It will allow more relevant ads to appear in front of you.
Instagram has been asked people for their birthday this work for a few years. While most users give Instagram their birthday information, to get a more complete picture they are introducing two new changes. These updates will apply to users who haven’t already given their birthday information.
What Is The Change?
First, Instagram will request your birthday information right when you open the app. They will show you a notification a couple of times and if you haven’t given them your information by a certain point, you have to share it to keep using Instagram. This data is essential for Instagram to develop a new feature that helps protect young people on this platform.
Then, if you see warning screens placed on posts, you have to confirm your birthday then you can see the post. Instagram has shown these screens on posts that may be sensitive or graphic. Now, Instagram doesn’t ask for your birthday when viewing these kinds of posts. They will start asking for this information on some of these screens in case you haven’t done it in the past.
Some people may intend to give the wrong birthday. As they shared, Instagram’s developed new systems using artificial intelligence to estimate how old people are based on things like “Happy Birthday” posts or stories. In the future, Instagram will ask people to verify their age if its technology finds something wrong when you confirm your age. This work is still in the early stages, we will update new information as soon as possible.
We hope this guide can help you understand why Instagram asks users for their birthday and why it is important for them to develop and give a safer and more private experience for young people.