According to recent reports, Facebook is set to launch a new security service which will involve sending a selfie in order to verify your identity to access your account.
Some users have already received a prompt asking them to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face”, along with a promise from Facebook that the photo would be checked and then "permanently deleted from our servers".
A Facebook spokesperson spoke to Wired about the issue, saying that the new system is being introduced 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.”
Until your selfie is confirmed to be genuine, you won't be able to access your account.
a friend sent me this: Facebook is now locking users out of account features, then demanding that those users "verify" their account to get back in by scanning an image of their face. AN IMAGE OF THEIR FACE. pic.twitter.com/T4TIsJFxX8
— can Amy Goodman pls stop inviting Assange on thx (@flexlibris) November 28, 2017
Wired had been reporting rumors about the introduction of this system since way back in April, when several Reddit users claimed to have seen the selfie message themselves.
Facial recognition seems to be becoming the security system of the future, with Apple also introducing its Face ID system on the latest iPhone, but that system has already proven to be quite weak and easily tricked.
Some users have responded with shock at the thought of sending a selfie to Facebook, but the truth is that most of us already upload hundreds of photos and pieces of personal information to our pages, so this isn't the craziest idea ever.
What's your view?