Another major social media platform is taking a step in the futuristic direction when it comes to making access for users more efficient.
Users on Reddit and Facebook’s Help Section are all sharing incidents that detail how they were asked to send in a selfie of themselves when logging in. One user shared how they were prompted with the following text: “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.” Apparently, when Facebook is recognizing your photo you do not have access for 72 hours.
This possible feature is nothing new for Facebook since these incidents date back to April. An official statement from the company, via The Verge, says this new move is to “catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ad payments, and creating or editing ads.” This move may also target those who have more than one account since that goes against Facebook’s policy.
Facebook has not announced whether this new idea will officially roll out to its billions of users.
The site’s founding president, Sean Parker, recently spoke about the platform and how it “exploits vulnerability in human psychology.”
“Because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people […] it literally changes your relationship with society […] it probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Sean said. “It’s a social-validation feedback loop. Exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”