Meta requests Quest users’ date of birth to customize account type based on age

Meta is introducing a new feature for users of its Quest virtual reality ecosystem. In order to customize the account type and settings based on their age, users will be prompted to enter their date of birth. While this information will remain private, it will allow Meta to determine the user’s age and ensure that they are able to access the appropriate features and restrictions within the platform.

Users of Meta Quest will receive a notification requesting them to re-enter their date of birth within 30 days. Failure to comply with this request will result in the account being blocked, as stated on Meta’s official blog. If the date of birth entered does not match the one initially provided, users may need to provide official identification in order 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. For example, 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. This measure is aimed at preventing users from being blocked from their accounts due to incorrect or missing information. Overall, this new feature is designed to provide a more secure and personalized experience for all users within Meta’s Quest ecosystem.

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