Facebook Is Working On Its Own Facial Recognition System
Facebook is working on it’s own facial recognition system. According to a screenshot shared by a social media researcher, this feature is in its testing phase right now. Facial recognition system is really picking up its pace in the tch industry after a series of iris scanners found in likes of Galaxy phones and most recently, Apple adopting facial recognition to replace fingerprint sensors in its upcoming iPhone X.
If you get locked out of your Facebook account, the feature will help you regain access by using your face to verify your identity. That could be especially useful if you’re somewhere that you can’t receive two-factor authentication SMS due to network issues, like if you’re on a hike or while traveling abroad, or if you lose access to your email account. TechCrunch reached out to Facebook and received a response:
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.
In its testing phase, Facebook is testing how robust the feature is and the failure rates. If the new feature proves to be reliable helpful isn’t fooled by hackers or images of the owner, Facebook could potentially roll it out to more people. This feature will add another dimension to Facebook’s account recovery process. Already, if you get locked out of your Facebook account, you can either use the two-factor authentication SMS or email, or you can designate several “trusted friends” who receive a code that you can ask them for to unlock your account. In some cases it asks you to identify photos of your friends to prove you’re actually you.
Any form of biometrics used by a social networking site can cause in people’s minds but, if it is used to privately get your account back then the new facial recognition might be welcomed by the Facebook community.