A not-so-secret but little known Facebook facial recognition tool for account recovery is currently under testing, the social network confirms…
Facebook is testing a new facial recognition service for account recovery. Like others, if a user gets locked out of their profile, this is a way to regain access. Using facial recognition technology, the social network’s is delving into a way to confirm a user’s identity. This is especially helpful for users locked out and cannot receive two-factor authentication. Those situations are common on a plane or traveling abroad.
Facebook Facial Recognition Now in Testing as an Account Recovery Option
A user who first spotted the feature, remaining anonymous, sent a screenshot to The Next Web. TechCrunch reached out to Facebook, which did confirm the test.
“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 we’re taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.”
If the test pans out, it could prove useful. But, Facebook needs to make it secure so it doesn’t fall prey to hackers. However, if successful, it will potentially roll out to more users.
Facebook previously tried other ways to help locked out users log back into their accounts. But, those did not work out. This of course raises some privacy concerns but could win over users if it works well. Currently, locked out users can opt to identify friends based on tagged photos. Or, answering a secure question. Another way is providing date of birth.