By now, making selfies for Facebook is nothing new. It’s almost a tradition, if you want, be them stories or regular posts. Now, though, Facebook wants you to take a selfie for another reason entirely – to verify your account.
Facebook has been fighting fake accounts almost since it was made a public service. They’ve tried different tools and algorithms to make sure they keep bogus accounts far away from the platform but it apparently wasn’t enough.
Now, they’re testing a new sign-in method: selfie registration. It’s not a facial recognition feature, as you may think at first. Facebook has been adamant that this has nothing to do with that: “This test is one of the steps we use to determine that a real person is operating an account rather than a bot. It does not use facial recognition.”
So, what does it do? It requires users to record short video selfies, turning their head in different directions. Then, by employing face and motion detection, it allows the software to differentiate humans from bots.
Facebook says the video selfie is destroyed in 30 days from submitting, ensuring all the while that no one else gets their hands on the data.
Considering Facebook’s history with privacy and data safekeeping, can we believe them? If the tests are a success and Facebook rolls out this feature, what will you do?