The AI age verification system works by requiring users to take a video selfie, which Instagram then shares with a company called Yoti. Yoti’s technology estimates users ’age based on facial features and shares that estimate with Instagram. Meta states that technology cannot recognize identity, only age, and that video material is deleted after the assessment, reports Engadget.
Despite these allegations, the system will certainly be controversial. Users no longer trust Facebook and Instagram when it comes to data privacy, and this is just another move that will cast doubt on many. In addition, Yoti’s AI technology already has a problem with errors depending on gender, age and skin tone.
You can also try estimating Yoti’s age on the official website or by downloading an app available on Google Play or the Apple Store.
Instagram states that their goal is to prevent teenagers from accessing Facebook Dating, adults to exchange messages with teenagers, and to limit ads and adjust them to the age of a certain user. Also, this seems to be just the beginning as the company plans to expand the use of such options.