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Twitter will ask users to verify their date of birth before being allowed to post sensitive content, according to a report.

TechCrunch reported that Twitter aims to filter sensitive content to prevent users under 18 from viewing inappropriate material by asking users to verify their date of birth.

“We constantly reiterate our work to give people more choice and control over their experience, as well as to make Twitter safer for everyone,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

“We are slowly rolling out a feature to help restrict certain sensitive content from people under 18 or who have not submitted their date of birth.”

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While Twitter has yet to reveal whether this will be a global policy, the company expanded its security policy in November 2021 with a number of measures to “protect” users.

The updated security policy prohibits users from posting photos and videos of private individuals without their permission. This was announced a day after Parag Agrawal, 37, took over as CEO, replacing Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

“Under our current policy, posting other people’s private information, such as phone numbers, addresses, and usernames, is already not allowed on Twitter,” Twitter said in a blog post, adding that “threatening to expose private information or inciting others to do so” will also be prohibited on the platform.

Twitter noted that the security policy was part of its “ongoing efforts to create privacy and security-focused tools” and hinted that it was “updating our existing private information policy”, hence the introduction of date of birth verification before viewing sensitive content.

A number of users have questioned Twitter’s privacy practices and the introduction of date of birth verification to access sensitive content, saying it could be for ad serving purposes.

Critics added that the introduction of the new policy will increase the number of “fake accounts”, as users are likely to lie about their age to access sensitive content.