Facebook’s new captcha asks for selfies if your account gets locked

Nov 29, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Facebook’s new captcha asks for selfies if your account gets locked

Nov 29, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you happen to be locked out of your Facebook account, you may soon need to upload a selfie to prove your identity and be able to log back in. As a matter of fact, it seems that Facebook has already started implementing this captcha. In case they notice suspicious activity on your account, you will be asked to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face.” After it’s verified, you will be allowed to log back in.

Facebook didn’t issue an announcement on this change. Instead, the users found it out through a tweet:

https://twitter.com/flexlibris/status/935635282564734977

What’s more, some Reddit users reported it back in April:

“This started about 4 hours ago. I started by uploading pictures that had already been taken, then took a couple of myself. Every time it says the picture is invalid.

Text reads: ‘Please upload a photo of yourself which clearly shows your face. It can be an older photo, and it doesn’t have to just be you on your own — so long as you’re in it. When you send us a photo, we’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”

As a Facebook spokesperson told WIRED, this verification method will help them “catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ads payments, and creating or editing ads.”

The spokesperson said that Facebook checks whether the photo is unique, and this is only one of several methods for detecting suspicious activity. They declined to share the details of how the system works, to prevent it from being manipulated. As WIRED writes, until your photo gets verified, you will be locked out from your account and unable to log in. If you suspect someone has hacked your account, you can contact Facebook via this link.

This story made me remember the experience I had with Instagram. I forgot the password and probably tried logging in too many times. I got locked out of my account and contacted them to solve the problem. It was one of the most painstaking processes ever. I got a verification number which I had to write on a piece of paper, take a selfie with it, and then send it to their email so they can confirm it was me. And I’m sure Instagram still has my mug shot-like photo somewhere in their archive. So after that experience, Facebook’s face recognition doesn’t seem so terrible. At least it’s less awkward than their attempt to prevent revenge porn by getting your nudes via Messenger.

[via Gizmodo, WIRED]

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10 responses to “Facebook’s new captcha asks for selfies if your account gets locked”

  1. Ondřej Kadlec Avatar
    Ondřej Kadlec

    so everything we need to login to someone’s account will be his (printed) photo? :)

  2. Jan Metvs Avatar
    Jan Metvs

    They NEED my phone number, now they need my photo… ?

  3. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    How will using an old photo even work when strangers can download your photos already. This sounds like a hacker scam.

  4. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    FYI – Facebook photo recognition software can’t discern a fully dress 20-ft puppet from a nude photo. How well do you think this will work?

  5. Dieter Greven Avatar
    Dieter Greven

    Ahhh…. And Facebook knows how I look? Okay. ?

  6. Nova461 Avatar
    Nova461

    FACEbook wants a picture of my face? Oh, the humanity…

  7. Theo Kyrillidis Avatar
    Theo Kyrillidis

    Cosette

  8. Nadine Spires Avatar
    Nadine Spires

    I think fb admin was hoping for a good time with naked selfies.

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