The users’ birthdates will not be visible to anyone.
Asking for birthdates will help restrict underage people from joining Instagram, thereby enabling more “age-appropriate experiences overall”. Such “age-gates” act as additional detection and enforcement tools that act as a barrier for underage users.
According to researcher David Stier, about two million 12-15 year-old Instagrammers have their phone or email information publically displayed on the platform, thus indicating a significant privacy issue. Instagram may also age-gate business profiles to curtail young users from converting personal profiles into business accounts.
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