Instagram count the candles on your cake to guess your age

by Kelvin
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Why Instagram need to know your birthday

Instagram  count the candles on your cake to guess your age

Instagram wants know the date of birth each of the users using his social platform. Most of them already know this because now it is part of the information that needs to be entered when creating a new account, but not for others, and therefore it shows them a popup to enter it. If they do not, this pop-up will appear again and even threaten that if the data is not provided, you will not be able to continue using the application.

Why are they doing this? Well from Instagram they were very clear: the idea is to help improve and protect user experience minors … For example, knowing this information may prevent adults from sending confidential messages to minors, remembering that the legal minimum age for creating a profile is Instagram is 13 years old.


And I must admit that this is good. Because, although between the ages of 13 and 18, there really must be a father, mother or guardian who creates and controls the account, many minors create one themselves and use this data to establish certain protections. Also, the age data won’t be publicly available, so other users won’t know it unless you want to by posting a message on the platform for everyone to see.

Instagram guess your real age

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You might think that knowing the age of each user Instagram – ineffective measure for the protection of minors. Because if anything has become clear to us about the use of the Internet, it is that you can easily lie.

When registering in 99.9% of online services and applications, you can lie with your name, phone number, address, date of birth, etc. Only in some you need to resort to official verification methods to be able to have an account, but social networks such as Instagramare not one of these places.

However, for all these liars, Instagram there is a solution that is just starting to work and in the near future will be sufficiently well trained and its effectiveness will improve: AI able to guess what you have real birthday. How would you do it? Well, very simple.

It is likely that at some point you have heard expressions such as “a lie has very short legs” or “in order to lie, you need to have a good memory.” Well, with the help of AI, the social network will be able to more accurately guess and estimate the age of its users. Because you will only need to be attentive to posts like “Happy Birthday”, which are usually done unknowingly.

Logically, it won’t be something simple or 100% accurate for everyone, but in those profiles that use the platform more intensively and interact with a large number of users, it will be easy to determine if they have lied to this data. Therefore, if Instagram tells you that he wants to know your birthday, specify the exact date. First, because they won’t show it publicly, and second, because even if you can do whatever you want, it’s very easy for you to end up finding out what your birthday really is.