Twitter has improved its age-gating system in a bid to help a wider range of drinks suppliers stop underage users receiving alerts about alcohol.
Free age-gating systems have been in place for the past couple of years on the social media site, but
they are only available to a select number of brands
that spend money to advertise with Twitter. But it is now in the process of rolling out the tool to the wider trade. An administrator of an alcohol brand’s account will be able to call an access team or visit a help page
and join the list of brands that are using the system, including Heineken, Bacardi and Jim Beam.
“Our hope is that this approach to age-screening will enable alcohol brands to responsibly and safely connect with the right audience,” said Twitter in a
blog post. “Alcohol brands can safely grow their
of-age network of Twitter followers in a way that’s simpler than before.”
However the biggest criticism the site has received is
that underage users can easily bypass the system by entering a false date of birth. Users that try to follow an alcohol producer are immediately send a direct message asking them to confirm their age within 24 hours by entering a date of birth. Once a user is age-checked, they will not have to repeat the process with other brands.