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Facebook Testing Facial Recognition to Let Users Regain Access to Locked Account
The social network has embraced facial recognition technology, and has started using a new system to help people keep their accounts secure.
The social network will ask you to look into your device’s camera, and verify it’s really you that’s trying to sign in to your account by comparing the scan with pictures and videos you’re already tagged in.
It looks like Facebook is also interested to make use of facial recognition to verify its users. The social networking company recently confirmed to TechCrunch that they are testing out a way for users to regain access to their locked Facebook account by scanning their faces.
The new feature was first discovered by social media researcher, Devesh Logendran, who sent a screenshot to The Next Web’s Matt Navarra. Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that they are indeed testing a new facial recognition system for those who want to quickly verify account ownership.
“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 was taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.” – Facebook told TechCrunch.
Such new feature could come in handy, especially for those who are abroad and do not have their local SIM to retrieve two-factor authentication SMS.
Facial recognition is nothing new to Facebook. For years now, they have been tracking faces to help users tag friends, though they are not always accurate. The company also used a feature that asked users to identify friends when they wish to regain access to their account.