Facebook is testing a new account verification system that asks users to record video selfies to prove that they are real people
- Facebook users may have to upload video selfies soon to prove that they are real
- Users are asked to record a video of themselves turning their head from left to right
- The function is in limited tests and its future use is unclear
Facebook has secretly experimented with a new account verification system that asks users to take a video selfie of themselves to prove that they are a real person.
The new measure, currently in limited testing, asks users to keep their phone at eye level with the camera turned on and then place their faces in a circular frame that appears on the screen.
Users then take a video selfie by asking them to look straight ahead, to the right, to the left and then straight again.
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A new account verification tool that tests Facebook requires users to upload a short video selfie to prove that they are a real person
"This helps us confirm your identity and verify that you are a real person," says an in-app message from Facebook at the start of the process.
The app promises that & # 39; no one else & # 39; will see the video, but it also does not indicate who can actually see it.
Facebook says the video will be deleted 30 days after the user's identity is confirmed, according to a report from Fast operation.
The new feature was noticed by Jane Manchun Wong, a Hong Kong-based developer famous for its reverse-engineering apps to discover new features buried in their source code.
The new feature for verifying video selfies has been discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, developer from Hong Kong, known for her ability to create reverse engineer apps to discover hidden functions
Facebook has not publicly announced the test program or acknowledged plans to move the feature to a wider release.
In 2017, Facebook started using a similar feature that asked users to verify their accounts by uploading a photo of their driver's license.
In the past, the company has criticized its face recognition systems, whereby uploaded photos were automatically scanned and suggested that users were in the photos.
Facebook has been criticized for the way it handles biometric data from its users, including face scan data that users can use to tag other users in photos without their permission
HOW CAN YOU CHECK IF FACE RECOGNITION IS OFF?
Users can determine if they are part of Facebook & # 39; s face recognition technology through & # 39; privacy shortcuts & # 39; in the right corner of their news feed.
From there, select & # 39; Manage Face Recognition & # 39; under Privacy.
Select & # 39; Edit & # 39; and then choose & # 39; No & # 39; in the drop-down menu.
This means that your photos & videos & # 39; s are not delivered to Facebook's systems for automatic tagging and other purposes.
That feature became the subject of a class action lawsuit in 2015, which accused the social media giant of storing facial scan data, along with other biometric information, without the user's permission, a violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
The Illinois law sets the range for violating the law between $ 1,000 and $ 5,000 per user.
A US court declared the class in April 2018 and effectively ruled that the claimants had a valid and common basis for the complaint.
Facebook appealed the decision and argued that because the claimants had not proven sufficient damage through the face recognition program, there was no basis for damage, so they should not have been certified as a class.
In August, the 9th American Circuit Court of Appeals 3-0 ruled that Facebook's appeal was dismissed, allowing the case to continue.
Facebook claims that its face recognition software is used, among other things, to provide users with more relevant content, presumably including advertisements
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