In order to reinforce security for its more than 2Mn users, Facebook may soon ask users to upload a clear face photo verifying that they’re not a bot. The new Facebook captcha test gets automatically activated whenever the app detects any suspicious activity.
The photo needs to clearly show your face to pass the Facebook’s security check. The social media mogul says it’ll delete the image from its servers right away. However, you’ll be locked out of your fb account until it’s verified. When asked about the reason behind this new Facebook captcha test, the company’s spokesperson said,
“It helps 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.”
Facebook has confirmed that it’s prepping up for a photo-based identity test after screenshots of the test leaked on Twitter. As per the shared screenshot of the new Facebook captcha test, the tool asks users to upload a photo that clearly shows your face. The login screen prompts users with a message that reads,
“Please upload a photo of yourself which clearly shows your face. When you send us a photo, we’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”
According to Facebook, the face ID test will be implemented at certain points once any suspicious activity is detected. The cautious activities, as per the company’s guidelines, include someone who constantly posts from New York and then starts posting from Russia and set up ad payments.
Although Facebook’s new captcha test will not replace other automation methods completely, it’ll be implemented alongside other automated processes as well as manual ones.
Once you upload your photo, Facebook will analyze the photo to confirm that it’s actually you. After the successful verification, the image in question will be permanently deleted from the company’s servers. While the company will not go into the photo details, it will make sure that the image unique to determine if the account is genuine.
At the moment, the social media platform has declined to share more details about the new Facebook captcha test. The facial technology has gradually become common. Apple has also used the Face ID to authenticate users on iPhone X.
The selfie captcha tool is currently in the testing phase and it’s not clear if the verification process will really roll out worldwide or if the tool will change before its potential roll out.
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