Technology: Google: Errors in the age confirmation concerns numerous accounts

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Google is usually not a central topic, but since we have had dubious fun with Microsoft accounts in the past and many of you certainly also have a Google account because of YouTube and your smartphone, I would like to do so as Hold on the contribution. Currently, the problems with Google accounts that have already had a successful age verification are increasing, but have now been at least partially restricted. I am also one of those affected.

What is it all about? Google had already introduced a mechanism a long time ago to better control the minimum age for a corresponding account and to better do justice to things like the protection of minors. If Google's systems are of the opinion that you cannot be sure whether you are over 18 years old, the accounts will be restricted until you demonstrate the opposite with a credit card or an official ID document.

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The consequences are not as dramatic as in the linked contribution, but among other things, personalized advertising and the course of the location are deactivated, certain content is blocked on YouTube and apps with an FSK 18 classification such as Twitter, Telegram and Discord cannot be in the Google Play Store More found, downloaded or updated. It is currently the case that, among other things, a number of users , who have confirmed their age a long time ago, report in the German community forums from Google, but have now been restricted. The consequences are different, some only have some problems. The linked thread is currently being used as a pool, but feels like it is always reported every hour who have the same or a similar problem.

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I am currently affected myself since I was looking for something yesterday morning and the AI ​​had struck in the background. I successfully completed my verification in September 2021, but I currently have at least restrictions on the location of the location and the Google Play Store. Funnily I still have other functions. In any case, the fact is: you can't do anything yourself, but Google has to react yourself. A renewed verification is also not possible because Google continues to show that your age has been successfully confirmed as soon as you go to the corresponding link.

The question is now whether and how quickly the developers are now reacting and the source of error eradicated. Google's support unfortunately has a much worse reputation and likes to leave users in the rain, as reports such as

of this show. For me, Google is also one of the companies that on the one hand I do not want to be more dependent than necessary, but on the other hand I cannot completely paint them on the other because of individual projects such as Android or YouTube. The thing with the Google Play Store is a good example, after all, apps such as Twitter, Telegram and Discord are also about security updates, which are then automatically set.

If you are affected by the same problem, it is not up to you. For example, that Google has again an update on an algorithm and which is now on a fault is quite plausible and would be a real classic. Personally, however, I have decided again to check my dependencies on Google and see which are really necessary.

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