Instagram requires users to enter date of birth

Instagram is going to ask how old you are. If you haven‘t filled in yet, you can get a notification about it in the app. People who don’t want to fill that can‘t use Instagram in a while.

Instagram says this is necessary to keep the app safe for young people. They’ve been working on this for a long time. For example, the app automatically puts accounts of anyone under 16 years of age to private.

The company thinks some users will enter a wrong date of birth. That‘s why they’re working on a system that can help your posts discover how old you are, for example by looking at birthday messages.

Younger than 13 years old?

To sit on Insta, you actually need to be 13 years or older. The company has not yet said if their new system will also delete the accounts of children 12 years or younger.