It’s also trying out a technique called social vouching.
Instagram is testing new age verification methods including asking followers to vouch for your age and even using AI that can estimate your age via a video selfie. It’s part of a push to ensure users are at least the minimum 13 years old and “to make sure that teens and adults are in the right experience for their age group,” it announced.
For the “social vouching” system, Instagram asks three mutual followers of the user to confirm their age. Those followers must be at least 18 and have three days to respond to the request. Users can still verify their age with pictures of ID cards as well.
The AI part requires you to take a video selfie, which Meta-owned Instagram then shares with a company called Yoti (it doesn’t provide any other information to Yoti, only the image, it says). “Yoti’s technology estimates your age based on your facial features and shares that estimate with us. Meta and Yoti then delete the image. The technology cannot recognize your identity — only your age,” Instagram says in the blog post.