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Instagram users will need to verify using real ID or video selfie – in India

Instagram has launched its new test for users in India for verification of age via an original ID or video selfie,  amid the mounting concerns of children using fraudulent dates of birth to create profiles on social media platforms.

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If someone in India seeks to change their Instagram date of birth from under the age of 18 to 18, or over, the firm will now require users to prove their age using one of two methods: upload their ID or film a video selfie.

“This is being tested so that we can ensure that teenagers and adults are having the appropriate experience for their age group. Testing started in the US in June-2022 and is now being expanded to India and Brazil” the business stated. The corporation intends to extend the test to the UK and the EU before the end of the year.

“We’re also removing Social Vouching as an option to verify age from the test to make some improvements,” Instagram stated. Users could ask their mutual followers to authenticate their age by using the Social Vouching tool. The three individuals they chose to serve as their guarantors were asked to validate their age and were given three days to do so.

Now, participants taking the test have the option of uploading a video selfie to prove their age in India.

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