The Instagram platform has announced that it is testing new ways to verify the date of birth of its users, especially thanks to the artificial intelligence tool for estimating age through facial recognition.
The social network of the Meta Group, the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger, has collaborated with start-up UTi, which is developing a facial recognition algorithm, according to AFP.
Video to confirm
Minor Instagram users residing in the US who wish to change their age to 18 or older will need to justify their move by taking a video of themselves and sending it to Meta for analysis by the UTy age determination algorithm , before it is deleted.
While “Yute” confirmed that the margin of error in his instrument is about one and a half years for people between the ages of 13 and 19. The data provided by the company shows greater inaccuracies in the faces of women and people with darker skin.
Additionally, Instagram is exploring another option based on asking three of the user’s contacts (all of whom must be of legal age), to certify the age indicated in the application.
Basically, the young users had the opportunity to present their identity documents again (which were destroyed within 30 days) to prove their age.
It is interesting to note that from 2021 the platform requires all its users to report their date of birth and confirm their age in so that they can access content deemed inappropriate for an audience of young minors.
He also put in There are many control tools for parents, including the ability to limit the time children spend in front of the screen or schedule them pause.
Evolution in the speech of Instagram
But these current measures represent an evolution in Instagram’s discourse, which in previously held it not responsible for verifying the age of its users.
In 2021, the platform was rocked by leaked documents from former Facebook employee Frances Haugen that showed network executives knew about the application’s risks to children’s mental health.
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