Facebook, owned by Facebook, unveiled a technology Tuesday aimed at preventing minors from creating accounts and blocking adults from connecting with young users they don’t know.
This was the latest move in response to concerns about inappropriate contact between adults and children on the platform, which, like most services, sets a minimum age of 13.
Instagram will start using artificial intelligence to determine the age of the user when registering in an attempt to find underage users.
“Although many people are honest about their age, we know that young people can lie about their date of birth. We want to do more to prevent this from happening, but checking people’s age online is complicated and something that a lot of our industry is struggling, ” blog post said.
“To meet this challenge, we are developing new artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to help keep teens safer and implement new age-appropriate features.
In addition, the California giant said it would introduce a new feature that prevents adults from sending messages to people under the age of 18 who do not follow them, to prevent unwanted contact.
“This feature relies on our work to predict people’s ages using machine learning technology and the age people give us when they register,” Instagram said.
Instagram is also looking for ways to make it harder for adults with “potentially suspicious behavior” to communicate with teens, including restricting those adults from seeing suggested teen accounts.
The image-focused network said it would warn teens to potentially suspect adult behavior, including sending large numbers of personal messages.
“We will use this tool to alert recipients … and give them the opportunity to end the conversation or block, report or restrict the adult,” Instagram said.
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