Instagram said on Thursday it is testing new options for users to verify  their age on the platform, starting with people in the United States.

The photo-sharing service owned by Meta Platforms Inc (META) said it is  testing two new ways to verify a person's age, in addition to allowing  them to upload their identity proof online.

Instagram said it has partnered with Yoti, a company that specializes in online age verification to ensure users' privacy.

Users can upload a video selfie to verify their age, after which Yoti's technology estimates their age based on facial features.

Both Meta and Yoti will delete the image once the age has been verified, Instagram said.

Another option is for people to select three mutual followers to confirm  the user's age, and the person vouching must be at least 18 years old.

The move comes after Instagram paused the launch of Instagram Kids last  year, after receiving criticism and opposition for the project.

Instagram Kids was touted as requiring parental permission to join, and  was supposed to provide ad-free, age-appropriate content, but U.S.  lawmakers and advocacy groups urged the company to drop its launch  plans, citing safety concerns.