As The Verge reports, “Notices will appear when Instagram’s moderation systems spot suspicious behaviour from adult users. The company is not sharing detail on how these systems operate but says such suspicious behaviour could include sending “a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18.” The Facebook-owned Instagram says this feature will be available in some countries this month (it did not specify which) and available globally ‘soon’.”
The platform is also looking to develop new artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to better detect someone’s age when signing up for an account. Typically, the app requires users to be aged 13 and above, but there’s not really any protocols in place to stop those who are under age to sign up - basically, anyone can lie about their age. The company has revealed it is seeking to stop this from happening, but hasn’t divulged just how they’d go about doing that.
It’s also said that teen users who join Instagram will be encouraged to make their profile private. Should they create a public account, Instagram will send them a notification later “highlighting the benefits of a private account and reminding them to check their settings.”