New Facebook security feature asks users to send a selfie

New Facebook security feature asks users to send a selfie”

While the privacy concerns are valid as of now, it remains to be seen if the company does anything to the system in place.

Facebook is asking some users to upload a 'clear' selfie showing their face - to prove that they are not robots.

The existence of Facebook's new identity test was first outed by a user on Twitter who shared a screenshot of the active feature.

Please upload a photo of yourself which clearly shows your face. The social network says once it has checked the image, it will be permanently deleted from its servers.

Facebook will lock you out of your account if you decide not to upload an image or upload an image it considers to be "invalid", users say.

Facebook confirmed the test to Wired on Tuesday, saying the photo test was intended 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".

Once a user submits a photo, the photo is reviewed using automated processes although the social network declined to share further details to prevent system manipulation. We'll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers'.

What's not clear is how often this is used, or whether it's planned for a global rollout - as at present, it seems to be targeted at accounts showing suspicious activity.

The feature isn't new though, with some users on Reddit and Facebook already having reported the feature being available as early as April. In front of Wired, Facebook confirms that it is actually trying such a method of identification. It read: "You can't log in right now".

Let's suppose you are actively using Facebook in Pakistan and then your account is logged in through Russia. To battle revenge porn, Facebook also asked victims to upload nude photos of themselves as well.

This new effort is the second in recent weeks that utilizes photos.

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