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Instagram to Test AI on Faces to Verify Users Are Over 18

Instagram, under fire from safety advocates to keep children off the app and prevent teens from seeing harmful content, is testing new ways to verify users’ age. Among them: running users’ video selfies through an artificial intelligence that can determine if they are adults.

The Meta Platforms Inc.-owned app recently started requiring users to submit their birthdate to verify that they are over 13 and eligible to use Instagram. The company has also introduced new privacy settings for 13- to 18-year-olds, including parental controls. Now, if someone tries to change their profile to say they’re an adult, Instagram has a few options beyond submitting a personal identification card.