Lawmakers around the world have demanded that the social networking service, owned by US tech giant Meta, protect young people from content to adults and invasions of your privacy.
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“We’re testing this to make sure teens and adults get the right experience for their age group,” Meta said. The video selfies will be sent to the British firm Yoti, which has developed an artificial intelligence tool that it says can calculate the age of those under 20 to within 1.5 years.
Both Yoti and Meta said that the selfies will be deleted after verification. In 2021, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri told US lawmakers that he felt it wasn’t Instagram’s job to verify the age of users.
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“I think it would be much more effective to verify ages at the device level,” he said. Instagram was rocked last year by revelations of the whistleblower Frances Haugen according to which the executives of the firm knew that the platform could harm the mental health of young people, particularly adolescent girls.
Since then, it has implemented various features intended to protect younger users.