Facebook May Shortly Ask You to Send Them A Selfie
Mike Sanders / 2 years ago
Facebook may shortly ask you to send them a selfie to prove that you are a human being
I hate selfies and no, it’s not because I’m a miserable sod. I hate everything that is associated with it. The faux posing. The ‘we’re all great mates really’ (despite knowing otherwise). I despise those people who carry the selfie sticks around with them for ‘that special occasion’, but you know what I really hate about selfies? It’s those people who insist on ALWAYS pulling what I am reliably informed is called the ‘duck face’. I mean why? Does pouting your lips like you’ve just been belted by Mike Tyson really make you look more attractive?
So, by this point, I hope you understand, I’m not very keen on them. Despite this, Facebook might soon be encountering my wrath as a report via the Telegraph has said that the social media site is testing roll-out ‘selfie requests’.
In fairness to Facebook, there is a valid reason for this. Social media sites are flooded with disingenuous accounts. Be them outright fakes or even bots, Facebook for a lot of recent and awkward legal reasons, is keen to improve its portfolio.
Amongst at present a small userbase, Facebook has begun asking users to send them a selfie, but simply for the purpose of confirming that a human being is at the helm. Asking for the photo, it does a quick check to verify that the image is unique and then promptly deletes it.
It is not the first time such a system has been proposed and does have a level of common sense to it. It is thought that if successful, Facebook may consider rolling it out as a more reliable alternative to CAPTCHA systems.
What do you think? Impossible to work or regulate? A good security measure? Do you hate duck faces too? – Let us know in the comments (posting pictures of duck-faced selfies may cause the author to explode).