Instagram needs to know your date of birth: without it you will not be able to continue using the application

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Instagram has been adding all kinds of protections to prevent abuse, many of them focused on users who are minors. In order to apply them, the app you need to know the date of birth of all its users, a piece of information that it will begin to ask for – or obtain – in the coming days.

If you have recently created an account on Instagram, you already had to indicate your date of birth, but this requirement was not mandatory before. Therefore, Instagram will begin to ask for the date of birth through notices. If you don’t add it, you won’t be able to continue using Instagram from a certain moment.

Instagram wants to know your age

Instagram has introduced a series of novelties focused on protect minors from abuse on your social networkFor example, the fact that adults cannot send messages to accounts of minors under 18 years of age who do not follow them, and messaging functions are more limited for those under 16 years of age. For these protections and changes to be effective, the application needs to know the age of the users.

For this reason, Instagram accounts that do not have the date of birth information will begin to receive notifications to fill it out. At first you can ignore this warning, although from certain repetitions it will be mandatory fill it. Until Instagram knows your age, you will not be able to continue using the application.


The notice will appear in various places in the application. To begin with, posts that have been flagged as sensitive content They will require you to fill in your age to be able to see them, something that until now was not necessary. If you do not fill in the data, you will not be able to see it.

On the other hand, the application will start to show notices well visible on the home page, urging you to add your date of birth. You will be able to choose Not now, although from a certain moment you will have no choice but to fill in the data if you want to continue using Instagram.


Finally, the accounts that are linked to Facebook they will get the data directly from Facebook. You can see if this is your case by entering the Settings> Personal information, where you can also change this date manually if the notifications have not yet appeared.

Probably the most curious thing about it is that Facebook is developing systems to detect if you have lied at your age. As they comment on their blog, they will use artificial intelligence to determine the age of their users from data such as the “Happy Birthday” posts they have shared. If the calculation does not match the date given by the user, an additional verification will be requested.

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