Facebook preparing for a new ‘captcha’
California based ‘WIRED’ magazine reported on November 28th that Facebook appears to be preparing for a new kind of captcha. The new feature that asks users to prove their identities by uploading a photo of their faces, is to be launched soon.
A Facebook spokesperson privy to identity in a statement to Wired said that the news system was intended 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”.
The news comes just on time when some users reportedly encountered a prompt asking them to upload a photo of themselves showing their faces clearly. The prompt was accompanied by a guarantee that Facebook would “check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”
Further, users complained of being locked out until Facebook verified the photo as ‘legitimate’. Wired described the process as ‘automatic’, one that ‘compares submitted photos to others on the site to ensure it’s not duplicate or fake.
The issue came out in public for the first time in April, when several users on Reddit’s r/social media posted in a thread that they had encountered a nearly identical blocking to logging in.
While some users are likely to be unwelcome towards this new feature from Facebook, the reality is that the site already has a stockpile of information on its members in the form of awkward statuses, contact details, embarrassing photos, etc.
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