Facebook to Introduce Facial Recognition to Quickly Unlock the App

Yolanda Curtis
October 2, 2017

It could be useful if you are locked out of your account and can't receive two-factor authentication SMS, like on a plane or while traveling overseas, or in cases where you lose access to your email account.

The most curious fact that we want to know is whether this will be applicable only for smartphones with advanced facial recognition features such as the Apple iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, or on generic smartphones featuring a front camera.

For now, it's created to help you recover an account you've lost access to, rather than to log you into Facebook normally - in other words, if someone hacks into your account, you can show your face on a registered phone to help get it back.

They also explained that the feature is optional, and is "available only on devices you've already used to log in" as "another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS", for rightful account owners can confirm their identities during account recovery.

Devesh Logendran a social media researcher sent a screenshot of this new feature to TNW's Matt Navarra. This facial recognition means that now Facebook will have more intimate data of all of its users who opt to sign up for this feature.

Facebook is testing the use of facial recognition as a way of enabling people to regain access to their accounts if they get locked out. Facebook says the facial verification would occur during the account recovery process. If it deems you are a match, your profile will be unlocked. If the feature is reliable and not easily hacked, it could roll out to more users. Airports may soon use the tech to help streamline boarding and security lines, though there are still privacy concerns over the implementation.

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