Facebook Testing Selfies As Login Verification

Facebook Testing Selfies As Login Verification

Facebook is testing a feature that forces mobile app users to upload a selfie in order to gain access to their account.

A screenshot of the new type of captcha appeared on Twitter and has now been confirmed by Facebook.

In the message the company promises to "check it and then permanently delete it from our servers".

"And if you try to make up a synthetic image to represent yourself - like inventing a fake birthday - you might end up locking yourself out of your own account, if it turns out that Facebook requires a fresh image each time, as you imagine they would".

The identitiy verification process is meant to "help [Facebook] 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", Facebook told Wired.

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FACEBOOK users could risk being locked out of their accounts, unless they're willing to send over a selfie. An example of suspicious activity may include a user who consistently posts content from one country and then suddenly starts posting from a different country.

This latest "verification" technique from Facebook has apparently been doing the rounds since April, if the earliest reports on Reddit are to be believed. But, who is going to take the company's word for it? The spokesperson also said that this process is automated, including checking the photo's authenticity and identifying suspicious activity.

Let's suppose you are actively using Facebook in Pakistan and then your account is logged in through Russia.

As part of the trial, which is currently being tested in Australia, Facebook employees view the unedited sexy shots before blurring them out and creating a 'digital fingerprint'. Although there are already numerous people that have encountered this new security feature, it is actually still in testing phase.