Meta is requesting its Quest virtual reality users to provide their date of birth in order to customize their account type and settings based on their age. This move aims to prevent user accounts from being blocked, as stated on Meta’s official blog.

If a user fails to comply with the request within 30 days of receiving the notification, their account will be blocked. However, if the date of birth entered does not match the original one, users will be required to provide official identification in order to verify their correct age. Meta offers three account modalities based on age: adults (over 18), teens (between 13 and 17) and pre-teens (between 10 and 12).

Each age group has specific privacy and security settings tailored to their needs. For example, minors, especially pre-teens, have additional restrictions on their accounts along with parental control tools that regulate communications with other users and the games and applications they can access and download. By matching account settings to users’ ages, Meta aims to improve the safety and privacy of its virtual reality ecosystem for all participants.

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