Several new policies focus on limiting interactions between
adults and teenagers on the app. Most notably: Adults will not be able to
message underage users who don't follow them.
Users are supposed to be 13 or older when signing up, but
Instagram is instead relying on "artificial intelligence and machine
learning technology" to try and determine someone’s age at sign-up since
the given age isn't always accurate. From there, Instagram will apply that
technology to prevent teens from receiving unwanted or unsafe messages.
Instagram will also display "safety prompts" when
a teen messages with an adult who has been "exhibiting potentially
suspicious behavior," reminding the teen that they shouldn't feel
pressured to respond to an unwanted message.
The app did not specify what qualifies as "suspicious
behavior," but noted it could include an adult user sending a lot of
friend or message requests to users under 18.
Instagram will also encourage younger users to make their
accounts private, allowing them to control who can see their posts or message
Users should start seeing these changes in some countries