Instagram wants to use artificial intelligence to verify your age


Instagram wants to use artificial intelligence to verify your age

An artificial intelligence will estimate the age of people using facial recognition.

The photo and video sharing platform Instagram announced Thursday that it is testing new ways to verify the date of birth of its users, in particular by means of & #x27;an artificial intelligence tool that estimates age using facial recognition.

The social network, which is part of the Meta group (also the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger), has teamed up with Yoti, a British start-up that is developing a facial feature recognition algorithm.

In concrete terms, minors residing in the United States who use Instagram and wish to change their age to 18 or over will have to justify their approach by filming themselves and transmitting the video to Meta .

The snippet will then be analyzed by Yoti's algorithm to determine the age, and then it will be removed.

Yoti claims that the age margin his tool error is about 1.5 years for 13-19 year olds. Figures provided by the company show more inaccuracies for female faces and people with darker skin.

The company guarantees that its technology does not in any way identify a subject or collect personal information.

Another option explored by Instagram is to ask three contacts of the person (all of whom must be of legal age) to certify the age indicated in the application.

Young users had already and retain the option of providing ID (destroyed within 30 days) to prove their age.

The minimum age to create an Instagram account is 13, but many young people circumvent this legal limit by lying about their date of birth.

Since 2021, users and users of the platform must communicate the day of their birthday and provide confirmation of their age to be able to access certain content deemed inappropriate for a very young audience.

The platform has also implemented various parental control tools, including the ability to limit screen time or schedule breaks.

These devices mark an evolution in discourse of Instagram, which previously believed not to be responsible for age verification.

His boss, Adam Mosseri, had claimed last year to of parliamentarians in the United States that he felt made more sense for parents to do it rather than asking every app, and there are millions of them, to verify age.

For some associations for the protection of children's rights and several politicians, the measures recently put in place are however insufficient.

Instagram had was shaken in 2021 by the revelations of a former Facebook employee, Frances Haugen, who had leaked documents showing that the leading heads of Facebook u network knew that the app had adverse effects on the mental health of minors.


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