Facebook Could Start Using Facial Recognition to Verify Who You Are

By Josie Wales

While Facebook has quietly been developing its facial recognition software for Aloha, a controversial video chat device set to debut in May 2018, the company is reportedly testing “a facial recognition feature to help secure your account,” according to TheNextWeb’s Matt Navarro, who posted a screenshot of the new feature on Twitter.

Facebook confirmed the limited rollout of the software, telling Techcrunch:

We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that were taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.

The feature will likely be available to more users once developers are satisfied with the product’s reliability, but no other details are available at this time regarding the timeline or implementation.

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10 Comments on "Facebook Could Start Using Facial Recognition to Verify Who You Are"

  1. This is why I have never used it & won’t ever use it. Have even had to stop my kids from signing me up for it!

  2. In Australia they are linking the photos on our State issued driver’s licences to a Federal government database. This will all for tracking of people on the streets and in cars without their permission.

  3. George Orwell tried to warn us…of course, nobody listened.

  4. How will Facebook recognize me? I’m not on Facebook, and all internet posts of mine do not have my name.

  5. Christy Elamma | October 6, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Reply

    The day that they make it mandatory in order to use FB is the day I will quit it

  6. Vlad TheSkewerer | October 7, 2017 at 8:38 am | Reply

    Remember when FB was about reconnecting with friends and sharing interests and hobbies? Really….it used to be just about that!

  7. This will only be applied to those dumb enough to use Facebook.

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