No More Fake IDs! Facebook Can Ask You for Your ‘Selfies’ for Login Authentication.

Selfies are a not only a fun thing now. It shall be used for a serious purpose, such as verification of one’s identities. Facebook is asking some of its users to upload their photo or selfie for verification of their IDs. Though it’s reported that this feature is nothing new to Facebook. Users on Facebook help section and Reddit have already experienced it on April.

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This feature has been added to help Facebook “catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ad payments, and creating or editing ads,” an official statement told to The Verge.

Now the screen prompts users with a message that displays, “Please upload a photo of yourself which clearly shows your face. When you send us a photo, we’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers."

This feature is an automated process that will appear when any user attempts the aforementioned activities. Also if the user is found to have multiple accounts.

For further validation and verification of the user’s account, the user has to provide an original photo or a selfie that has not been uploaded to Facebook previously.

This process of verification takes 72 hour time period to analyze the photo sent to the Facebook by the user for verification. Until then one cannot access his or her Facebook account.

A Facebook spokesperson told MailOnline, ‘When our systems detect suspicious activity, we may ask for the account owner to prove she or he is a real person’. He added, ‘One way we do this is to ask the account owner to upload a picture of himself or herself, which we’ll check and then permanently delete from our servers.” 

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