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Meta Toughens Up Its Rules On Facebook Dating To Better Verify Users’ Age On The App

Meta has gone public with its desire of preventing users under the age of 18 from using its Facebook Dating feature.

The tech giant recently outlined how keen it was to now put forward the likes of a verification check that makes use of modern technology. This includes putting up video selfies and some ID uploads along the way.

The tech giant mentioned how age verification is a difficult process and that is true when you’re trying to really figure out if something is above 18 or below the specific age threshold that it outlines in its public policy.

It also mentioned how it’s not uncommon to come across users’ profiles who are dishonest about their ages when asked to input their year of birth. This is why it’s now resorting to AI technology for such means to gain better assistance as this would automatically evaluate if someone is a teenager or an adult.

Still, it feels there is always more room for improvement as it needs more in-depth knowledge and assistance to see if someone using Facebook Dating is 18 or not. Therefore, this extra protective layer for age verification is now getting enrolled on the app. It’s a feature in collaboration with Yoti that puts forward ideas within taking advantage of users’ privacy.

With a few sets of simple rules and regulations, the app would be able to better judge the ages of those using the dating feature on the platform without any compromises made on their privacy too.

For the video selfie, they just need to produce a video selfie, after which still images from such videos would be sent out to features like Yoti which can gauge age estimation depending on facial features. After the result is put forward in front of Meta, that picture gets deleted.

As if that was not enough, the company mentioned how there is an alternative measure being introduced too that would include ID uploading that confirms age. Users can simply upload that. It’s a feature that is encrypted and provides users with the chance to determine how long they want it to be stored. Common examples include the likes of a Driving License. For this, Meta would need a few days to conduct a thorough evaluation of the user’s age.


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