The majority of internet users will be familiar with captcha tests, and although they may be frustrating, they are unavoidable and a necessary security check to ensure you are human and not a machine. It’s a security measure that is needed to help prevent giving access to unauthorized users.
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Facebook is rumored to be the latest organization to tighten their online security checks with a photo verification processes being trialed across the social media platform, supposedly since spring 2017 – if posts from Reddit are to be believed. It is an attempt from the social media giant to crackdown on suspicious activity, by encouraging users to upload a fresh photo to verify their identity. Facebook’s auto message states that the image will be checked and will then ‘permanently delete it from [its] servers’.
Facebook have remained relatively quiet about the new process, releasing very few details, in an attempt to prevent system hacking and manipulating. They have, however, ensured us that each photo will be checked to make sure it is unique, whilst also keeping track of other indicators of suspicious activity including location.
Speaking of the development, one Facebook spokesperson said that the new verification process would “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”.
There are already some rumors circulating that suggest some Facebook users have been temporarily locked out of their own account whilst waiting for their image to be verified. Those reports have not yet been confirmed. However, this is the newest development of facial recognition since the launch of Apple Face ID on the new iPhone X. If other leading companies are to follow in Facebook’s footsteps, we can expect to see the new technology experimented across several sectors in the near future.
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