Instagram is trying out a new way to check a user’s age. The social networking app is adding two new ways to verify your identity. Currently, you can send your ID to the app, which can take up to two days to verify.
Two of the new ways are to send an Instagram video selfie or ask your followers to vouch for you. The first option will show you how to take a video selfie by giving you on-screen instructions, such as how to move your head in different ways to get a clear picture.
Only Yoti, Instagram’s partner for age verification, will be able to see the selfie video. Yoti looks at your face and makes a good guess about how old you are, then deletes the video. The verification process only takes 20 minutes to finish.
With social vouching, you can get your friends to speak up for you. But you have to meet a few requirements before you can use this method. You must ask your mutual Instagram followers to check your age. But the person vouching for you must be at least 18 and not vouching for anyone else at the same time.
You’ll need to ask three people to vouch for you, and they must do so within three days of being asked. There are more steps in place, but Instagram hasn’t said what they are yet.
Why does Instagram want to know how old you are? In some countries, you have to be at least 13 years old to use Instagram. No one knows when the public will be able to use this feature.
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