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Facebook is currently testing facial recognition to unlock its users’ account

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After Apple, Facebook could be the new big actor to bring facial recognition technology to its users’ daily life. Indeed, the social media just confirmed that it is currently testing such a feature to unlock accounts.

Revolution is coming! Soon, you could recover your Facebook account using nothing but your face. Indeed, Facebook is testing a facial recognition system that will verify users who are locked out of their accounts. That could be much simple than the process that is on at the moment, aka the two factor authentification SMS or email. In a close future, Facebook users could only have to hold their phone up to their face to prove who they are and then unlock their account.

 

First, it was the Social media researcher Devesh Logendran who noticed the new feature and shared a screenshot of it on Twitter. According to it, after Facebook scans the face of its user, it then compares the image to photos and videos available on the social media. If the faces match, then the door is open again to the account.

 

Then, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the news to 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”. However, the social media refused to talk about when or even if the new feature could be widely launched.

 

Anyway, this news was quite expected considering that Facebook purchased FacioMetrics, a facial recognition software firm, last year, in order to integrate the technology into its platform and then go further than using simple mails and texts to help people unlocking their account. Facial recoignition is already being used on the social media for photo and video effects to challenge Snapchat and its famous lenses.

 

At the moment of the acquisition, Facebook had explained that “how people share and communicate is changing and things like masks and other effects allow people to express themselves in fun and creative ways”. To express themselves in fun and creative ways on one side…and to possibly unlock their account another side.

Celine Pastezeur

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