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Instagram trials AI tool to verify age of users


Instagram testing system to verify users' ages.

Photo sharing platform Instagram said on Thursday it was starting to trial a tool that relies on artificial intelligence (AI) to confirm the age of users in the United States.

Lawmakers across the world have been vocal in demanding that the social media service, owned by US tech giant Meta, protect young people from adult content and invasions of their privacy.

It's a thorny issue that tech companies say is not easily solved, but could be tackled with broader technological changes like birthdates being tied to a person's cell phone.

Meta announced testing of new verification tools for anyone trying to change their age from under 18 to over 18 on the platform, including recording a video selfie or asking friends to verify their age.

"We're testing this so we can make sure teens and adults are in the right ...


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