Instagram will start cracking down on underage users (sort of) squib
Instagram is finally trying to stop underage users from using its app. Well, kind of.
Beginning today, it's requiring new users to provide their birth date in order to verify that they are at least 13 years old, the minimum age allowed on the service.
Instagram is not, however, requiring existing users to provide their birthday, meaning any underage users already on the app shouldn't have any issues sticking around. That's in contrast to Facebook and many other social networks, which have made birth dates a required part of the sign-up process for years.
The update comes one day after TechCrunch published a piece criticizing Instagram for not enforcing its age restrictions. Unlike Facebook, Instagram is extremely popular among younger kids. Read more...