FACEBOOK may soon ask you to upload a photo of yourself to prove you’re not a bot.

November 29th, 2017
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The company is using a new kind of captcha to verify whether a user is a

real person. According to a screenshot of the identity test shared on

Twitter on Tuesday and verified by Facebook, the prompt says: “Please

upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it

and then permanently […]


														
							

The company is using a new kind of captcha to verify whether a user is a real person. According to a screenshot of the identity test shared on Twitter on Tuesday and verified by Facebook, the prompt says: “Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”

In a statement to WIRED, a Facebook spokesperson said the photo test is intended to “help us catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ads payments, and creating or editing ads.”

The process is automated, including identifying suspicious activity and checking the photo. To determine if the account is authentic, Facebook looks at whether the photo is unique.

The company would not say when it started using the technique, but in a post on Reddit users reported getting the same prompt in April.

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