You can now verify your age on Instagram by taking a video selfie and uploading it.
You can also verify your age by asking friends on social media to confirm your age.
In the United States, the tech company has already started testing the verification options.
How it works:
To verify your age in addition to simply uploading your ID, take a video selfie.
When you have done this, follow the guide by the on-screen instructions.
It will guide you through the process.
Note that your selfie video is only shared with Yoti, a company specializing in age verification, and Instagram’s partner in this undertaking.
Yoti’s tech estimates your age based on your facial features and then the video gets deleted. Results can take 20 minutes.
The second option is social vouching, which is exactly what it sounds like – you have to ask mutual followers to confirm how old you are.
The person vouching must be over 18 and not be vouching for anyone else at the time.
There are also other, undisclosed safeguards in place.
You’ll have to select three people to vouch for you, and they need to respond to the request within three days.
Instagram wants to know how old you are for two reasons:
first, because you have to be over 13 to use it (in some countries even older).
Second, in order for the app to tailor its experience to you.
For example, if you’re 13 to 17 years old, your account will default to private and unwanted contact from adults you don’t know will be limited, as will the options advertisers have to reach you with ads.