Facebook Is Working On Facial Recognition To Help Keep Your Account Safe
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The world’s most popular social network is the next in line after Apple to work on facial recognition, putting the “face” in “Facebook.”
While iPhone X’s Face ID will unlock your phone, Facebook’s version attempts to help you regain access to your account, just in case you get locked out.
Matt Navarra of The Next Web first got hold of the news when social media researcher Devesh Logendran shared a screenshot of the feature with him via Twitter.
Facebook has confirmed that it is experimenting with the up-and-coming technology. The company tells TechCrunch:
“We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process.”
“This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that were taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.”
Facebook’s photo tag suggestions feature already uses facial recognition to match names to faces. It unfortunately received criticism in the past due to privacy concerns.
If the account unlock feature pans out, Facebook is expected to release it to more users.
NEW! Facebook working on a facial recognition feature to help secure your account
h/t Devesh Logendran pic.twitter.com/demol4dKj1
— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) September 29, 2017
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[via TechCrunch, images via various sources]