Instagram examines selfie video with artificial intelligence to confirm age

Instagram examines selfie video with artificial intelligence to confirm age

Instagram stated that it would be exploring new age-verification techniques to assist mostly younger users in verifying their ages using the well-known photo and video sharing app. Instagram said this is part of its ongoing campaign for age verification and the enforcement of its age restriction.

Instagram examines selfie video with artificial intelligence to confirm age

Uploading your ID to confirm your age on Instagram isn’t new, but if you’re not familiar, Instagram may request that you do so to confirm your age or identity. If you choose to upload your ID as your method of age verification, Instagram’s announcement says that the copy of your ID “will be stored securely on our servers and is deleted within 30 days.” According to the above product screenshot from Instagram, reviewing your ID upload can take up to two days. You should still be able to use Instagram during the review period.

Instagram revealed in a blog post on Thursday that the test of these new age-verification options will start today and initially only include U.S. users. Users will essentially be required to “verify their age using one of three options: upload their ID, record a video selfie, or ask mutual friends to confirm it” if they attempt to change their stated birthdays on the app to reflect an age that is over 18 instead of their previously stated age of younger than 18.

If you’re not comfortable with uploading your ID to verify your age and you’re in the U.S., you can also use the two newer options that Instagram is now testing: AI-powered video selfies or asking your mutual followers to vouch for your stated age. Of these two options, the AI-powered video selfies are expected to be the faster method, as Instagram’s screenshot says it should only take 20 minutes. Requesting that your mutual followers vouch for you, on the other hand, appears to be the slowest method of all three: It may take three days to get a result.

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