Instagram announced a new safety option on its platform, which will require users to share their date of birth. The company means to "create safer, more private experiences for young people" with this feature.
Reportedly, you will be asked to enter your date of birth once you open the app. If you do not provide the information, you will be prompted several times for it.
Additionally, you will also see warning screens on certain posts where you will have to enter your birth date in order to view the content in the post. The interface of this will be similar for warning screens for sensitive or graphic content.
As a result of this feature, it is expected that young users will have access to more age-appropriate content. Other Instagram safety features for age include prohibition of adults to send messages to users under 18, and a default setting of private account for new accounts of users aged 16 and below. The company is also working on a new AI system to detect if somebody inputs an incorrect date of birth.