It would seem that we now have Facebook selfie image verification. It has been reported that Facebook is testing the new security feature to stop bots and cut down on criminal activity.
Image verification is not a new concept. However, having to upload a clear facial image just to log in to a social account is a very new idea. Yes, we do have a selfie generation amongst us now. But how will older Facebook users react to the implementation of Facebook image verification?
A screenshot shared on Twitter reveals how selected members are being asked to upload a selfie in a captcha type security test to prove that they are a real human account.
Failure to upload a selfie will result in you being locked out of your account. So keep an eye out for a message that says
“Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”
If you receive this message asking you to upload a selfie then you are in Facebook’s image verification net.
A Facebook spokesperson told Wired that
“the new system is in place to help us catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site. These include creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ads payments, and creating or editing ads.”
Users from the social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website Reddit claim to have found themselves locked out of their profiles for days. Even after sending over selfies, as the software seemingly struggles to recognize their face.
These new facial recognition tests started back in April 2017 when one Reddit user posting under the name ‘lostinthemasses’ said:
“Facebook won’t let me login, asks me for a picture of myself, then says picture is ‘invalid'”
Facebook selfie image verification – Some questions
Perhaps you are reading this and know the answers? If so please leave the answers in the comments section below.
When a selfie is uploaded, is that selfie shown on your Facebook Timeline?
How long does the verification process take?
How often will we be required to upload a selfie. Just once or will it be like a conventional captcha and ask you to repeat the process often?
Why image verification when sites like Twitter have login codes as additional security?
Will Facebook selfie image verification turn members off thier Facebook Habit?
As always when new features are reported there are more questions asked as a result than official answers given.
But I think we can safely say that security improvements are always a good thing providing they work.
Regards Dexter Roona