In the news: Instagram seeking ways to verify users age
By: Oscar Well Gabriel II – AP writer
WASHINGTON (AP) – How old are you? Everyone knows the answer for themselves – but people don’t always share their true age.
Often it’s no big deal, but it can be when a person tries to access age-restricted websites. Now Instagram is trying to address the problem.
People have to be at least 13 to use the site but some dodge the rule by putting in a birth-date that makes them seem older – or use a parent’s account.
Instagram says it’s testing ideas like using face scans, having mutual friends verify a user’s age or having users upload an ID.
Of course those plans are bound to run into problems with those concerned about privacy or data-collection.
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