In order to comply with the US law and company's own policies, according to which every user must be at least 13, Instagram said on Wednesday that it is going to verify the age of its users.
Instagram's blog quotes, "Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall."
The social network also mentioned that the age of its users won't be visible to others, however, it will help them in providing age-appropriate and safer user experience for its billion-plus users.
The new move by Instagram aims to protect its young users from inappropriate content on the platform, which currently is a serious concern for social media users.
Surprisingly, the announcement came just after a TechCrunch article which noted that Instagram still doesn't age-check and it should change.
The article also noted that both Facebook and Instagram employed moderators who may lock the accounts of any user they suspect are not fulfilling their terms and conditions.