Tech | Visa | Scholarship/School | Info Place

Meta now requires users to verify age to use Quest VR headset

During a congressional hearing on online safety in January, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that mobile app store providers such as Apple and Google should implement parental controls on social media. Now, Meta appears to be using its Quest VR store to demonstrate how it thinks devices with app stores should handle online age verification.

Meta announced today that it will prompt Quest 2 and 3 users to confirm their age by re-entering their birthday in order to provide “the right experience, setup and protection for teens and pre-teens,” the company explained. For example, teens ages 13 to 17 will have their profiles automatically set to private, and guardians can use parental controls tools to customize the teen’s experience. Meanwhile, parents need to set up an account for preteens aged 10 to 12 years old. In this case, parents can control which apps their preteens can download.

Users have 30 days to confirm their age. If they fail to do so within this period, their account will be temporarily blocked until they provide their date of birth. Because it’s easy to misrepresent someone’s age by just entering their birth date, Meta said it will require people who accidentally enter the wrong date of birth to verify it with an ID card or credit card.

Meta has previously told developers that starting in March 2024, they will be asked to identify the age group for which their apps are targeted (preteens, teens, or adults). It also announced the launch of the User Age Group API, which was officially launched last month. The API allows developers to report to Meta if a user is too young to use their app.

Meta added parental monitoring tools to its VR headsets for the first time in 2022. The company last year launched parent-managed accounts for teens.

#Meta #requires #users #verify #age #Quest #headset

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *