Facebook Rolls Out ‘Face CAPTCHA,’ Asks Users To Send Pics & Prove They’re Human
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Nov 2017
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Since April, Redditors have been seeing verification messages from Facebook asking them to upload photos of themselves to prove that they’re not bots or impersonators.
The feature’s reach has catapulted of late, and more users have reported seeing the same prompt. The odd ‘CAPTCHA’-style tool reads, “Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”
Although the method seems unorthodox, it certainly isn’t as creepy as the social network’s recent ‘send nudes’ plea, where it had users upload naked selfies to fight against revenge porn.
A Twitter user mentioned that people with this feature enabled might be locked out of their accounts until they follow Facebook’s instructions and upload a picture of themselves.
While it’s bizarre, the feature certainly puts the “face” in “Facebook”.
a friend sent me this: Facebook is now locking users out of account features, then demanding that those users "verify" their account to get back in by scanning an image of their face. AN IMAGE OF THEIR FACE. pic.twitter.com/T4TIsJFxX8— can Amy Goodman pls stop inviting Assange on thx (@flexlibris) November 28, 2017
[via The Daily Dot, images via various sources]
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