Facebook facial recognition isn’t completely an abandoned project at all as code explorer Jane Manchun Wong has discovered a reference to a facial recognition system in Facebook’s mobile app that would verify users’ identity.
You would have to grab a “video selfie” where you’re focusing in other directions to give Facebook a better view of your face.
Facebook facial recognition is likely coming like Apple’s Face ID and it’s likely coming with the same systems, but we aren’t sure if it would need a depth sensor. The social networking company has also vowed that “no one else” will see the video and that it’ll pull down the clip after a month.
There’s no assurance that it will be as secure as Face ID, which doesn’t allow data to leave the device and only captures “mathematical representations” of a user’s face.
The company also mentions an updated process for a user to submit an ID photo for account verification. The detail available shows that it’ll be less sophisticated and simply involves snapping a photo of a user’s ID on a flat, well-lit surface and submitting the photo.
We are most eagerly waiting for Facebook to comment on this leak but no word as yet, because code like this isn’t a guarantee that a feature is coming. There’re cases where it has ended up being just a test of something that never see the light of the day.
But if the feature really comes, it might not go down well as Facebook has been involved in a long battle of misusing user’s data. Although a facial recognition-based ID system could possibly reduce the chances of hackers tampering with your account, it could also prompt fears ‘agreed or not’ that the company might misuse face data or risk a breach that let this data leak to hackers.
Facebook is working on Facial Recognition-based Identity Verification, asking users take selfie looking at different directions pic.twitter.com/w4kZHEpDeG
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 5, 2019