Making Instagram Safer for the Youngest Members

Add Birthday to Instagram

Written by Mari-Anna Gibson

Mari-Anna Gibson is a passionate entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience in the Advertising industry. From online advertising, print media & tv, she understands what it takes. With her passion for Social Media Marketing, she helps business of all sizes leverage the power of Social Media.

January 14, 2020

Instagram announced a few updates in their continued effort to build a safer experience for the youngest members of their community.

Asking for Your Date of Birth

As of December 2019, Instagram will be asking for your date of birth when creating an account. According to their Terms of Use, you must be at least 13 years old to have an account in most countries. Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help them keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall. 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.

If you’ve connected your Facebook account to your Instagram account, they will add the date of birth that’s on your Facebook profile. This is not public information and only you will be able to see it when viewing your own account information on 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.

Building Age-Appropriate and Safer Experiences

In the coming months, they will use the birthday information you share with them to create more tailored experiences, such as education around account controls and recommended privacy settings for young people.

Strengthening Messaging Privacy

Lastly, they are also taking steps to help you control who can send you direct messages on Instagram. This gives you the ability to allow only people you follow to message and add you to group threads. People who enable this setting will no longer receive messages, group message requests or story replies from anyone they have not chosen to follow.

These updates are part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring Instagram remains a safe and supportive place, especially for the youngest people in the community.

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