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Instagram to Now Ask New Users to Provide Their Birthdate

Users will soon be able to restrict new messages from only people and groups they follow. The feature will arrive in the coming weeks

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram will now ask new users for their date of birth when an account is created.

Previously, Instagram users were required to confirm they were ages 13 or older when signing up, but they didn’t have to provide an exact birthday.

The new addition is Instagram’s attempt to better protect young users and provide a ‘more age-appropriate experience overall’.

“According to our Terms of Use, you must be at least 13-years old to have an account in most countries. Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall. Your birthday will not be visible to others on Instagram, but you’ll be able to see it when viewing your own private account information,” the company said a statement on Wednesday.

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

The firm noted that it will pull birthdates from Facebook for user’s who have connected their profile and editing your birth date on Facebook will do the same on Instagram.

For those who do not have a Facebook account, they can add or edit their date of birth directly on Instagram.

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Additionally, Instagram is also preparing a new feature to prevent strangers from sliding into your direct messages.

Users will soon be able to restrict new messages from only people and groups they follow. The feature will arrive in the coming weeks. (IANS)

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New Web-Series on Instagram Entitled “Firsts” To Introduce Concept of One-Minute Episodes

"Firsts" goes live on January 25

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"Firsts" is the first series to premiere in this format on the photo-sharing platform Instagram. IANS

A new web series titled “Firsts” will introduce the concept of one-minute episodes when it launches on Instagram this weekend.

“Firsts” is the first series to premiere in this format on the photo-sharing platform.

Popular digital actors Rohan Shah and Apoorva Arora will play lead roles in the first season of the show, which takes the audience back to their school days and highlights the magic of an innocent school romance.

 

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A new web series titled “Firsts” will introduce the concept of one-minute episodes when it launches on Instagram this weekend. Pixabay

Every episode captures the significant “firsts” in their relationship — the first time they see each other, their first conversation, their first date and so on.

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The series also features Viraj Ghelani and Urvi Singh.

“Firsts” goes live on January 25. (IANS)