Instagram is changing its policy for new accounts. The company will ask for the birthdate when someone will make a new account. The Facebook-owned social media app will not allow users under the age of 13. The company said in the official blog that “We are announcing a few updates in our continued effort to build a safer experience for the youngest members of our community.”
The company said in the blog that asking for age will prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help the company in keeping the young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall. The birthdate will be private, which means others will not be able to see the age of a user.
Instagram Tweeted “Starting today, we’ll ask for your birthdate when creating an account, and in the coming weeks, we’ll give you more control over who can message you. This will help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences.”
Starting today, we’ll ask for your birthdate when creating an account, and in the coming weeks, we'll give you more control over who can message you.
— Instagram (@instagram) December 4, 2019
The old Instagram accounts that are connected to Facebook will automatically add the birthdate from the Facebook profile. If a user has not connected Facebook and Instagram or they do not have a Facebook account, they can add or change the birthdate by Instagram’s profile settings.
The company has changed another policy. Now users will be able to choose who can send them direct messages or add them to group messages. users can change the privacy options from the settings too.