Facebook seems to be testing a new way for its users to authenticate their identity: Facial recognition. The feature was spotted in the wild and when asked to comment, Facebook promptly confirmed that it is testing it.
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
When asked to comment, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the existence of the test, explaining
[quote]We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. [/quote]
They also explained that the feature is optional, and is “available only on devices you’ve already used to log in” as “another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS,” for rightful account owners can confirm their identities during account recovery.
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