Starting this week Instagram is rolling out video selfie age verification for Teens.
This means that, anyone who tries to edit their date of birth by changing it from under the age of 18 to over 18 will have to verify it by providing ID or a video selfie that will use age estimation technology.
The new feature has been rolled out first, in UK.
Instagram will be partnering with the UK technology firm Yoti to develop their age estimation system.
After a user records their selfie, it is shared with Yoti to analyze their facial features and then an estimate of the user’s age will be sent to Instagram.
The companies have noted that – Yoti’s technology is not a facial recognition service and therefore it cannot identify the user, only estimate the age of the face it is shown. Users altering their date of birth can alternatively opt to submit a photo of a drivers license or other accepted ID in lieu of the selfie verification.