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Facebook tests facial logins
October 8, 2017, 5:16 pm
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Facebook is testing facial recognition as a way to verify a user’s identity and let them regain access to their account if they have been locked out. Facebook said the feature is optional and will only be available on devices that users have already used to log into their accounts. “It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that we’re taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity,” Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook said the facial verification would occur during the account recovery process and would be another option down the line for people who are locked out of their account and cannot access two-factor authentication.

In April last year, Facebook said it was working on a feature to automatically tag videos of a user and their friends to make posts more searchable. It already does that for photos: Facebook’s DeepFace can tell with 97 percent accuracy whether two pictures are of the same person. Face recognition, though convenient, has traditionally been easy to trick; there have been complaints that Samsung S8’s facial scanner can be fooled with just a photo. Facebook admitted that facial scanning is not the most secure of authenticating someone’s identity, but that it has also trained neural networks capable of recognizing people by their hair, body shape and posture.

 

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