After continually facing backlash on how the app has negative mental health implications on young adults and children, Instagram is now testing new ways to verify the age of people with the use of a face-scanning artificial intelligence tool, having mutual friends verify their age, or uploading an ID.
The tests are being currently used to verify whether the user is 18 and above, but then again, the use of AI in figuring out the age factor raised several privacy alarm bells this week. In response, Meta stressed that the technology used to verify people’s age cannot recognize one’s identity — only age. Once the age verification is complete, Meta said it, and Yoti, the AI contractor it partnered with to conduct the scans, will delete the video.
The company said that beginning on Thursday if someone tries to edit their date of birth on Instagram from under the age of 18 to 18 or over, they will be required to verify their age using one of these methods.
To use the face-scanning option, a user has to upload a video selfie. That video is then sent to Yoti, a London-based startup that uses people’s facial features to estimate their age.