Facebook is asking some users to upload a clear picture of their face for identity verification.
The social media giant has introduced a new kind of captcha to verify whether the user is a real person or a robot. The test is to “help us catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction o the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ads payments, and creating or editing ads,” a spokesperson said.
After you upload your photo, Facebook will examine your face thoroughly, determining whether your identity and account are authentic, and until Facebook isn’t completely satisfied, you simply remain locked outside your account. Once the verification process is completed Facebook will delete your picture from all of its servers.
a friend sent me this: Facebook is now locking users out of account features, then demanding that those users “verify” their account to get back in by scanning an image of their face. AN IMAGE OF THEIR FACE. pic.twitter.com/T4TIsJFxX8
— can Amy Goodman pls stop inviting Assange on thx (@flexlibris) 28 November 2017
One user shared a screenshot of the verification test on Twitter, which read: “Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”
Though the requirement seems a little odd, Facebook has a legitimate reason behind it. In September, the social media platform uncovered a Russian-funded campaign on its network and reported that about $100,000 was spent on 3,000 Russian backed ads. Last month the company claimed that about 126 million users in the United States had seen the Russian-backed content.
Previously, social media requested its users to submit their nude photos in order to inhibit the control of revenge porn.
Some people might feel uncomfortable sharing too much personal data on it, however, the fact that the platform had been (and is capable of being) misused cannot be denied. It is still unclear whether Facebook intends to roll out this ID check worldwide or it’s just for some specific region or individuals.