Instagram’s move to limit access by children will change nothing

The social media giant will now ask users to verify their ages, but won‘t be taking any measures to check that they are telling the truth

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
8th December, 2019
Instagram’s move to limit access by children will change nothing
Instagram is to introduce some controls for under-13 users, but is it too little, too late?

Instagram’s decision to finally introduce some controls to limit access to users under the age of 13 last week screams of too little, too late. Just like its parent company, Facebook, Instagram has long been under fire for its abject failure to enforce its own rules about who can access the platform.

Prior to last week’s announcement, the ban on those under 13 years old accessing the site was entirely unenforceable. That remains the...

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