Jun 23, 2022
Instagram to verify your age with a SELFIE in new crackdown on ‘underage users’
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INSTAGRAM is asking youngsters to verify their age using selfies.
It's part of Instagram's ongoing battle to correctly identify teens – and keep very young children off the app.3One new option for age verification is a video selfieCredit: Instagram 3You can also get other adults to vouch for your ageCredit: Instagram
There are two new ways that users will be asked to verify their age.
The first is by uploading a selfie in the Instagram app – using UK-based company Yoti.
Yoti analyses selfies to determine age ranges, with around 98/99% accuracy.
It works by checking your facial features in a video selfie and creating an age estimate.Read more on InstagramSCREEN SAVER? Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a story?
Once Instagram (and its parent company Meta) and Yoti have verified your age, the video is deleted.
"We require people to be at least 13 years old to sign up for Instagram," said Instagram.
"In some countries, our minimum age is higher. When we know if someone is a teen (13-17), we provide them with age-appropriate experiences.
"Like defaulting them into private accounts, preventing unwanted contact from adults they don’t know and limiting the options advertisers have to reach them with ads."Most read in TechBAD BOT Robots become racist and sexist when programmed with common AI, experts claimNO SERVICE SpaceX issues warning over 5G plan that would leave Starlink satellites unusableRED ALERT Warning for MILLIONS of Android phone owners – alerts mean someone may be spyingAPP-SOLUTE MADNESS Four HIDDEN apps on every iPhone that you've probably never seen
Another option is to ask mutual friends to verify your age.
The person vouching needs to be 18 years old and not vouching for anyone else at the same time.
They will also have to meet "other safeguards" that weren't detailed by Instagram.
You can also use the current method of simply verifying your age with an ID.
This process is triggered if someone attempts to edit their date of birth on Instagram from below 18 to over 18.
The new tech is rolling out in the US initially, but will likely land in the UK eventually too.
"Understanding someone’s age online is a complex, industry-wide challenge," Instagram explained.
"We want to work with others in our industry, and with governments, to set clear standards for age verification online.
"Many people, such as teens, don’t always have access to the forms of ID that make age verification clear and simple.
"As an industry, we have to explore novel ways to approach the dilemma of verifying someone’s age when they don’t have an ID."3You can also verify your age using an official IDCredit: Instagram
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DWTS Semi-Finalist Recounts Scary Experience While on Family Trip: We Heard Gun Shots
Getty Images A DWTS alum heard gunshots outside her hotel room.
A “Dancing With the Stars” semi-finalist is on vacation with her family in Oslo, Norway, and shared a very scary experience with her Instagram followers.
Sadie Robertson and her husband Christian Huff were woken up from their sleep when they heard gunshots outside of their hotel room.
“Honestly, it’s been wild! I don’t know how to put words into a caption for all that we have experienced being here. It was a historic day in Oslo, Norway yesterday for light and for darkness,” Robertson captioned an Instagram post on June 26, 2022.
“We heard Gun shots from our hotel room at 1 am and woke up to find out the tragic news of a shooting at a bar outside of our hotel. 2 died and 18 were injured. we mourn with, and for those who mourn. our prayers have been with y’all. That will be a historic moment for them of darkness,” she added. She and her family, including her 1-year-old daughter Honey, are okay.
Here’s what you need to know:Robertson & Her Family Attended a Historic Event in Norway View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Sadie Robertson Huff (@legitsadierob)
After being woken up by gunshots, Robertson said that she and her family joined in on a historical event.
In her Instagram caption, Robertson wrote that they were “a part of the largest christian gathering in Norway in over 30 years.” The event is called “The Send” and is described as a way to call this generation to “radical discipleship to Jesus” by way of ministry, according to the event’s website.
Robertson was a speaker at the event, according to another Instagram share.
“Lives changed, people healed, and hope found. A historic day for light. It was wild to live in the midst of both. To see both so starkly side by side,” she shared. Robertson admitted that it was hard to put the experience into words, so she quoted “Wonder Woman” in a subsequent paragraph.
At the end of her lengthy caption, Robertson said that she plans to “preach” about love, hope, light and darkness.Robertson & Her Husband Were Stung by Jellyfish View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Sadie Robertson Huff (@legitsadierob)
Robertson and Huff’s trip to Europe was filled with ups and downs. They got to enjoy some time hanging out by the water and even went for a swim. However, while in the ocean, Robertson said that they got “stung by jelly fish.”
“Honestly one of the coolest experiences! hot hot sauna to freezing cold ocean! we got stung by jelly fish but it’s kind of epic because they are Norwegian jelly fish,” she captioned an Instagram post that contained several pics from the trip.
Robertson didn’t seem too concerned with the jellyfish stings, however, and was all smiles in the photos and remained in good spirits, as evidenced by the post’s caption.
On June 27, 2022, Robertson shared a photo of her and her daughter wearing matching outfits while standing on a sidewalk.
“ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WITH YOU HAS MY HEART !!!” she captioned the sweet snap. Several fans took to the comments section of the post to let Robertson know how “precious” and “adorable” the special moment between a mom and her baby was.
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