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New users on Instagram will now need to provide their birthdays

Dec 05, 2019 13:58 IST

Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram will now ask new users to provide their birthday when signing up to use the service. The company says this has been done to recommend appropriate privacy settings and provide in-app information about staying safe online based on the age of a user. Along with this change, Instagram will now also let people block messages from people they don't follow, and allow business and creator accounts to restrict minors from viewing their posts. While the platform said it won't verify birthdays, Instagram already uses artificial intelligence to scan user posts to predict their age and gender.

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