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Instagram says new users must now enter full birth date

By Don Jacobson
Instagram says new users must now enter full birth date
Instagram's previous policy merely required new users to check a box to acknowledge they are 13 years of age, or older. File Photo by LoboStudioHamburg/Pixabay/UPI

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Instagram introduced a new age verification process on Wednesday that requires new users enter their birth date when setting up an account, to "tailor" age-appropriate experiences.

The move is a change from the app's former policy that required signers up to merely acknowledge they're at least 13 years of age by checking a box.

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The Facebook-owned company said it made the change to prevent underage users from joining Instagram, to "keep young people safer" and "enable more age-appropriate experiences."

Instagram said birth dates will not be visible to other users.

The app is especially popular among younger users. A 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center found 72 percent of U.S. teenagers said they'd used the photo-sharing platform.

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