NewsDio desk : In a move which creates a significant chapter towards doing a moral policing and to keep the social fabric of the society intact, Instagram has taken necessary steps to discourage the participation of underage children. Likewise, it has blocked adults who are looking for ways to talk to young users whom they don’t know.
The move is rightly seen as an important step after concerns have arisen about how children are being subjected to inappropriate contacts by elders. Like with other social media platforms, there has been a minimum age which is earmarked for the platform to be 13 years.
It seems that Facebook owned Instagram is going to make use of the artificial intelligence to determine the exact age of the user at the time they register for the account. It is seen as a landmark step to find out those who are not deemed fit to be account holders in Instagram.
Although, a big section of people are usually truthful regarding their age, yet there are many who may give wrong information about their exact age. However, the platform seems to be very serious when underage children register for the account. The platform is equally facing problems with verification when it comes to age of the individual and this seems to be quite a herculean task to handle as of now.
However, Instagram has taken the help of the artificial intelligence along with machine learning technology which would give a safety mechanism for the teens so that they can be safe and secure.
The platform is also working on series of features which would stop adults from sending messages to those who have not attained 18 years and alongside who aren’t being followed as well. This step shows a mechanism to stop unwanted contacts.
Through the feature, there is an effort to judge or predict the age of people with the help of machine learning technology and to compare the age with which people provide during the time of sign up.
There has been even a tougher mechanism suggested by Instagram to make it a challenging task for the adults who have history of showcasing suspicious behavior while interacting with teens. Hence, it is highly likely, that will undergo a restriction phase where they won’t be getting the usual suggestion of teen related accounts.
The platform will also be in an alert mode to warn teens arising out of any suspected behavior by adults and that also includes, bulk sending of messages to them.
Instagram is going to use the feature to send an alert to the recipients where they will be sensitized and warned to immediately block such accounts, so that they can create a safer mechanism for themselves without getting into any type of issues or difficulty.
The feature is highly meaningful and relevant given the rising crime related cases happening on children as they are quite prone to the same due to their innocent nature.