Facebook may soon require a selfie to identify you when logging in

Facebook may soon require a selfie to identify you when logging in

Facebook may soon implement a new type of "captcha" to verify your identity, recent user reports on Twitter suggest. While it's not clear yet under what circumstances the new identity check will kick in — whether it will be reserved for cases of suspicious activity on your account or become a regular way to log-in in the future — the company has clarified that the main goal of this captha is currently to protect user data from third parties.

A number of users took to Twitter to report that they've encountered a new Facebook prompt asking for a "photo of yourself that clearly shows your face,” followed by a promise that Facebook will delete the photo from its servers after your identity has been determined.


In a statement to Wired, a Facebook spokesperson clarified that this security feature is intended to “help us catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ads payments, and creating or editing ads.”

This method of confirming the user's identity is automated, but it's one of several used by Facebook—both manual and automated—to authenticate users and to detect suspicious activity. What the system considers "suspicious," however, remains unclear at this point, as Facebook has declined to share more light on the subject to prevent the possibility of the system being manipulated.

via Wired

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10 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

FB login system is just stupid.. It simply refuse your login if you trying to access it from new location, it's annoying for VPN user or travelers.. A few years ago, it they ask me to identify a friend from their photo, they give like 7 multiple choice and I must correctly choose one.. Sounds simple? Heck, the one they show is a picture of doggo, food, or totally unrecognizable face.. since it's common for people to tag other people in their random photo collection. After failed to login twice it ask me for ID scan/photo. I don't want to send it, obviously.. Good thing they have option for "2-Step Verification" hidden deep in their privacy setting, so I can remote my desktop at home to turn on this setting

2. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

"About-Face!" Book.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Maybe later after ten years, Users will be asked for naked body pictures from time to time, just for logging in (because hackers may have your face from normal pictures but not your body), and they will promise that they will deleted it after. I think they have done something like that in Australia , I am not kidding.

5. irossdrummer

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

"choose file" that'll be easy to download a picture and upload it.... not very secure imo

6. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

This is another reason why Im not on it as much anymore. It has lost its "flare" to me! I stick with Twitter and Instagram because they're more appealing and reaches out to more people than Facebook does

7. BossBryanTantoco

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

i hope they will collab with apple like face ID log in features that can be use by everyone so the security will be tight :)

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6277; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Ha!!! So glad I ditched social media. Life is so much better when you're not glued to your computer screen all the time.

9. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Haha, I don't put any clear pictures of my face on facecrook, barely even upload any personal pictures (only 3 on my account so far). Just use it to keep in touch with 200+ friends. Now facecrook is going to force it as a requirement? The day that happens is the day I'll close my facecrook account for good.

10. gamehead unregistered

Gave that site up years ago and I wont go back

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