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Why does Instagram ask for birthday information (DOB)? Here is the reason

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New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….

The original story (published February 17, 2022) follows:

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks. Its great success led it to be acquired by Facebook (now Meta).

Instagram is focused on multimedia content (photos and short videos). This is where it differs from other social networks based on long posts (like Facebook) or Twitter (microblogging).

However, it seems the company is taking age verification more seriously. Several recent reports indicate that Instagram is now asking for mandatory birthday information (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, seven, 8, 910, 11).

Instagram requests information about your birthday (DOB)

Instagram is starting to “force” users to include a real date of birth in their accounts. This bothers many users who don’t like to share their personal data on a website.

It’s a sign that Instagram is asking for my birthday and I have no problem providing that information, but WHY? I’m done with this #instagrammarketing #Instagram shit.
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Instagram: “add your date of birth! 🥳”
me: *immediately delete the app* “don’t ever talk to me again”
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Some users can’t add their date of birth

Even though users agree to add their actual date of birth, some find it difficult to do so.

Some Instagram users are getting a “Sorry, there was a problem” error message that prevents them from adding their date of birth to the service, according to reports.

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everytime i try it says “sorry there was a problem. please try again” and it’s an endless loop. It doesn’t matter what browser or device I’m trying to do it on. I can’t delete the account or anything, so now I just have an account. I can never use it again unless you fix this bullshit.
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This is why Instagram asks you for information about your birthday

The Instagram team offers a statement where they explain the reason for the decision. They specify that Instagram users must be at least 13 years old.

You must be at least 13 years old to have an Instagram account in most countries.

We ask for birthday information to make sure that underage people don’t use Instagram. This includes everyone, whether the Instagram account represents you personally or the account was created for something else (example: accounts dedicated to a pet, a hobby or a brand).
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They also add that the date of birth helps personalize the experience. Additionally, accounts of children under 13 or those who refuse to include birthday information may be deleted.

This information also helps us provide age-appropriate and safer experiences for younger members of the Instagram community. For example, when users under 16 (or under 18 in some countries) sign up for an Instagram account, the account is set to Private by default.

Note: If your Instagram account is under review for being under 13 or if you added your date of birth and you’re under 13, you’ll see a message that you’re not old enough to use Instagram and your account will be deleted.
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There is still no official acknowledgment from the company regarding the error some users are facing when trying to add their date of birth. We will update this story if new events related to the case arise.

Update 1 (06 April)

3:48 p.m. (IST): It seems that some users are having problems again (1, 2, 3) when adding their birthday information on Instagram. Unfortunately, support has not yet acknowledged the problem.

Update 2 (May 3)

10:51 a.m. (IST): Users who have linked their Facebook profiles to Instagram will not have to manually fill in their birthday information as the app will pull the information from their Facebook profile itself.

That’s why many users didn’t get the Instagram pop-up message asking for their birthday information.

Update 3 (May 13)

5:24 p.m. (IST): The fake date of birth will no longer work on Instagram. Newer and more advanced AI-based algorithms will now detect the precise age of the user. More on that here.

Update 4 (May 16)

5:50 p.m. (IST): If you previously added an incorrect date of birth on your Instagram profile, here’s how you can change it on Android, iOS, or a web browser.

Android & iOS:

– Tap the profile or your profile photo at the bottom right to access your profile.

– Tap Edit profile.

– Tap Personal Information Settings at the bottom.

– Tap Birthday and enter your date of birth, or tap Update on Facebook.

Web browser :

– Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner, then click profile Profile.

– Click Edit Profile, then Birthday at the bottom.

– Enter your date of birth, then click Done.

– Click Confirm. (Source)

Update 5 (May 17)

1:49 p.m. (IST): Instagram’s age verification system now seems to be causing problems for some users. And many users have had their profile blocked due to wrong date of birth (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

The only choice these users have is to file an appeal with real identification. However, the system rejects the documents they submit, while some receive error messages when they try to send the documents.

This has many users worried as they will have to verify their accounts within 30 days. Otherwise, these accounts will be deleted.

Update 6 (May 23)

12:53 p.m. (IST): Some users are now reports that Instagram’s new age detection algorithm does not accept their date of birth even if it is correct. He keeps saying the age is wrong.

However, one of the affected users said that choosing a different year of birth may help users resolve this error.

Update 7 (May 26)

3:30 p.m. (IST): It looks like Instagram callbacks asking for the user’s date of birth are now getting more aggressive. Users report (1, 2) that they appear every few minutes.

Update 8 (May 30)

1:12 p.m. (IST): Many users who have created an account for their pets also experience difficulties (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) with the date of birth because Instagram interprets it as the age of the creator of the account.

So if you have your pet’s Instagram account, you need to replace the date of birth with your own. Also, when creating a new account, users must provide their own date of birth to avoid an account ban.

Update 9 (May 31)

2:03 p.m. (IST): Scammers are now trying to take advantage of this situation and are using bots to approach users and recommend someone who can recover their Instagram accounts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

They ask users to contact them via Instagram or Whatsapp. If you come across such an answer, we advise you not to fall for it because Instagram’s support team is the only one who can help you.

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