In a bid to make its social media platform safer for minors. Instagram has made a couple of crucial changes the platform. First off, the Facebook-owned company now requires all new users to declare their birthdates when creating an account on the platform.

In an official blog post on Wednesday, the Instagram said that the new policy is expected to help in preventing underage people from joining Instagram, thus making it a safer place with more age-appropriate experiences overall.

The company further said that it will automatically import the birthdate listed on an user’s Facebook profile if they’ve linked their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Adding Birthdate To Instagram

“Editing your date of birth on Facebook will also change it on Instagram. If you don’t have a Facebook account or if you have not connected your accounts, you can add or edit your birthday directly on Instagram”, the company said.

On Users’ Privacy

In order to assure users of their privacy, Instagram said that the birthdate is meant for verification purposes only, and will not be visible to anybody else on the platform. “Your birthday will not be visible to others on Instagram, but you’ll be able to see it when viewing your own private account information”, said the company. According to Instagram’s Terms of Use, one needs to be at least 13-years old to join the platform.

While company says that the birthdates will help it “create more tailored experiences, such as education …”, they will also help it to better serve advertising targeted at certain age groups. Which may be a good thing for kids who will now be off-limits for tobacco and liquor ads, but it might be yet another headache for many other users.

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Control Who Sends You Instagram DMs

Instagram has also introduced a new feature to help users control who can send them direct messages on Instagram. This gives users the ability to allow only the people they follow to message them and add them to group threads.

Control your Instagram DMs

“People who enable this setting will no longer receive messages, group message requests or story replies from anyone they have not chosen to follow”, said the company.



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