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Facebook is testing a facial recognition system for unlocking your account

By Peter Chu - on 2 Oct 2017, 11:23am

Facebook is testing a facial recognition system for unlocking your account

Apple's iPhone X comes with Face ID facial recognition technology.

It looks like Samsung and Apple aren’t the only players in the industry to leverage on facial recognition technology, as it appears that social networking giant Facebook is currently testing out a facial recognition system that will allow its users to regain access to their account, in the event that they end up being locked out.

This piece of news comes courtesy of Matt Navarra, a writer for The Next Web, who was sent a screenshot of what appears to be Facebook’s purported facial recognition feature. When TechCrunch asked Facebook about it, the company pretty much confirmed its existence:

“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.”

Facebook is in the midst of testing its facial recognition system with a small set of users. Should it prove to be reliable and foolproof enough to, say, not be fooled by a photo, you can likely expect it to be rolled out on a broader scale in the future.

Source: TechCrunch via Matt Navarra (Twitter)