Meta requests Quest users to provide their date of birth for age-appropriate account settings.

Meta’s Secure and Age-Appropriate VR Ecosystem: Enhancing Privacy and Safety for Users of All Ages.

Meta is taking steps to ensure that its virtual reality ecosystem is secure and age-appropriate by requesting users to provide their date of birth. This information will be used to tailor their account type and settings, as well as prevent the account from being blocked. Users will receive a notification prompting them to re-enter their date of birth, which will not be publicly visible but will assist Meta in determining their age.

It is mandatory for users to complete this process within 30 days of receiving the notification. Failure to do so will result in the account being blocked, as stated on Meta’s official blog. Additionally, if the provided date of birth does not match the initial one, users may need to provide an official identification document to verify their correct age.

Meta aims to enhance privacy and security settings by categorizing users into different age groups: adults (over 18 years old), teenagers (between 13 and 17 years old), and preteens (between 10 and 12 years old). Accounts of minors, especially preteens, will have stricter restrictions and parental control tools associated with them to limit communication with other users and control the games and applications that can be used and downloaded. By doing so, Meta aims to create a safer virtual reality environment for all its users.

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