Facebook Dating will let users verify their age using AI facial analysis, Meta says
Meta on Monday announced that it has introduced a new method for users to verify their age on its Facebook dating service. Facebook is experimenting with methods, such as using an AI face scanner, to allow users of the platform’s dating service to verify their age.
Meta announced in a blog post that it would begin prompting Facebook Dating users to verify they are over 18 if the platform suspects a user is underage.
Users can then verify their age by sharing a selfie video that Facebook shares with a third-party company or by uploading a copy of their ID. According to Meta, the Yoti company uses facial markings to determine a user’s age without identifying them.
Meta says the new age verification systems will help prevent children from accessing adult-oriented features. It doesn’t appear that adults are required to verify their age on Facebook Dating.
The American social media giant has used Yoti for other age verification purposes, including verifying Instagram users who try to change their date of birth to be 18 or older.
However, according to a report by The Verge, the system isn’t as accurate for everyone: Yoti’s data shows that its accuracy is worse for “feminine” faces and people with darker skin tones.
Last year, Instagram announced that it had started prompting users to fill in their birthday details. The prompts could initially be skipped, but the social media giant eventually made it mandatory for users who wanted to continue using Instagram. The prompts were designed to determine the age of users on Instagram and prevent content unsuitable for young people from appearing on their feed. At the time, Instagram said the information was needed for new features it was developing to protect young people.