Instagram will ask for face scan to verify age

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The social network will use artificial intelligence to recognize the ages of users within the platform

Instagram will ask for a face scan to verify age

The social network will use artificial intelligence to recognize the ages of users within the platform. (photo: TreceBits)

During the year 2022 Instagram developed new methods to better protect users and give them more control over the content they want to see on the social network. Until now, one of these decisions consisted of asking the age of the users and eliminating all the accounts that do not belong to people over 13 years old.

< p class="paragraph">However, the platform developed by Meta has created a new protection method that enables more extensive verification of user information behind a profile. In a few days, starting Monday of next week, Instagram users will have to verify their age through a video selfie.

The video that the user will record will be analyzed by an artificial intelligence, which will scan the user's face and estimate their age. Another method will be to scan a document identification or confirmation of a user's data through related persons.

Instagram will ask for face scan to verify age

Instagram enables a new age verification system. (Instagram)

This security measure, which prevents minors under 13 years old from opening accounts on the social network, will not only include people who have an active profile on Instagram, but will also remain in force and include people who wish to open an account on Instagram in the future. Starting Monday, the registration process will include age verification by any of those aforementioned methods: face scan, identity document scan, or direct questions to contacts and acquaintances.

Age verification methods

The consultation of contactsIt will be carried out by several people, who must verify the age of a user who wishes to create an account on Instagram. It's not the fastest method of getting verified, but it works if you don't want to try either of the following two.

Each person in the contact list who is asked must be over 18 years oldwithout exception. In the event that the user is under 13 years of age, they will not be able to open their account on the social network

Instagram will require face-scan to verify age

Instagram will use artificial intelligence to recognize the ages of the users on the platform. (Capture)

The second verification method consists of scanning an identity document, it can be a DNI, passport, driver's license, or any other official document that proves the person's age.

Finally, the scanning process can be used through a video selfie, which consists in recording the person's face using the device's camera and, through an artificial intelligence called Yoti that was trained to recognize and offer an estimate of a person's age.

According to Instagram, the videos that are studied by the artificial intelligence are subsequently removed from the software database to prevent it from recognizing users through its face learning function.

“After taking a selfie video, we shared the image with Yoti, and nothing else. Yoti's technology estimates your age based on your facial featuresand share that estimate with us. Meta and Yoti then delete the image”, reads the official Instagram page.

Instagram will require face-scan to verify age

The purpose of the Instagram account protection and debugging system is to ensure the protection of minor users. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

According to Instagram, the objective of its protection system and account purging is to ensure the protection of users< /b>Minors who could be receiving unwanted messages or approaches from adults towards adolescents within the platform developed by Meta.

The intention of Instagram behind these changes is to improve the experiences that are provided and that these are appropriate for the age of each person who has an active account within this social network.

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