April 23, 2024 1:14 pm
Meta requests Quest users’ date of birth to customize account type based on age

Meta is taking steps to enhance the safety and privacy of its virtual reality ecosystem by requesting users within its Quest platform to provide their date of birth. This information will be used to customize account settings based on age, which will help prevent users from being blocked from their accounts.

Users of Meta Quest will receive a notification prompting them to re-enter their date of birth, which will remain private but assist Meta in determining their age. Providing this information is mandatory, and failure to comply within 30 days of receiving the notification will result in the account being blocked.

If the date of birth entered does not match the one initially provided, account usage will be restricted. In such cases, users may need to provide official identification to verify their correct age. Meta offers three account modalities based on age: adults (over 18 years old), teenagers (between 13 and 17 years old), and preteens (between 10 and 12 years old). Each age group has specific privacy and security settings tailored to their needs.

Minors, especially preteens, have additional restrictions on their accounts along with parental control tools that regulate communication with other users and the games and applications they can access and download. By aligning account settings with the age of users, Meta aims to enhance the safety and privacy of its virtual reality ecosystem for all participants.

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