Facebook conducts tests to check out identities of accounts under suspicion and to root out inauthentic behavior. The company claimed this was being done in order to determine that a real human is using the account and not a ‘bot’. The verification goes on by instructing users to hold their phone at eye level, place their face in the circle on the screen and slowly turn their head.
The Facebook spokesperson also said, “This is one of the steps we use.” He also tried convincing saying that it does not use face recognition and it is mainly used to detect motion and presence of a face in the video.
Facebook is working on Facial Recognition-based Identity Verification, asking users take selfie looking at different directions pic.twitter.com/w4kZHEpDeG
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 5, 2019
Tech Blogger Jane Manchun Wong says
Wong shared snapshots via Twitter doubting that Facebook might be using face recognition based-identity verification technology to capture videos of people following the instructions.
A disclaimer also came up after she verified which said that the verification recordings will be deleted once she is identified in the span of 30 days.
The speculations might be true
Facebook has been under speculation for a while that they may use Face based ID recognition, prohibiting social network ethics and has also been in controversy due to this. Although Facebook has been claiming this to be something similar to a Captcha challenge, it doesn’t seem like that.
In July, the U.S Federal State Commission levied a fine of $5 billion on the company over the same issue of Face Recognition. They claimed it misused the user’s rights of how their pictures could be used.
Facebook claimed back in 2018 that they had disabled nearly half a million fake accounts in the first three months of the year and also that a lot of spams were brought down by the company’s efforts at the same time.
Facebook has been trying and practicing methods of finding automated activities under the rules and ethics of social media. With this happening, they have managed to pull down 2 million fake accounts in the first 6 months of 2019.