Facebook. In order to strengthen security for its over two billion users, the popular social media site may soon ask the users to upload a photo that clearly shows their face to prove that they are not a bot.Facebook is testing a new type of captcha test that will use faces to verify whether the user who is accessing the social network, is real and not bot.
According to the reports from Wired, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that this was indeed happening and that this new form of verification was being used to “help 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”.
A Twitter user on Tuesday posted a screenshot that shows the new verification method. The screenshot read, Facebook asks users to upload a photo that “clearly shows” their face to verify their identity. “We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers”.According to the company, the images are hashed then a digital fingerprint of the image is generated, and it is then deleted from Facebook servers. The process happens automatically and with no human intervention.
After the photo is uploaded, users were further locked out of their accounts while the photo was being verified.A message said: “You Can’t Log In Right Now. We’ll get in touch with you after we’ve reviewed your photo. You’ll now be logged out of Facebook as a security precaution.” As per reports, if you are a Facebook user who suspect their account has been compromised can go to Facebook.com/hacked.