Meta Introduces Age Checks for Quest VR Headsets

Meta announced on Tuesday that users of its Quest 2 and 3 virtual reality headsets will need to enter their birthdates again. This step is to make sure users get features, games, and safety measures that are right for their age.

The company shared in a blog post that knowing users ages helps Meta and game makers create better experiences for everyone, especially younger users.

Adults over 18 can choose to have a private or public profile and decade if others can see when they are online. Teenagers, between 13 and 17, will have private profiles by default. Their activity will be hidden, and there will be tools for parents to monitor and adjust their experience.

Children aged 10 to 12 will have accounts managed by their parents. These accounts need a parent's okay to be set up and are private from the start. Parents can control what apps their children can download or use and can block certain apps whenever they want.

Meta is giving users 30 days to confirm their ages. If they don't, their accounts will be temporarily blocked until they provide their birthdate. If someone lies about their age or makes a mistake entering it, they will have to prove their age with an ID or credit card.

To help game creators make stuff that is suitable for different ages, Meta is working on a system. This system lets creators know which age group their apps are for. It makes it easier for Meta to tell creators about the right audience for their games.

Mark Zuckerberg, Meta's CEO, talked about the importance of age verification at a safety hearing in Congress in January. He thinks app stores like those run by Apple and Google should also check users' ages. This would help control what apps people can download based on their age.

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