When it comes to Facebook and fake accounts, the question of use of identity documents. In fact, one wonders if to use an account in a social network so frequented and always the center of attention like Facebook, an identity document must or should not be used to certify the identity of the person that not only wants to access, but also attend the virtual environment in question.
Apparently, even Facebook as a company questions the question, but without mentioning identity documents. But for some reason related to Zuckerberg's social network, they made themselves known some new screenshots de a new access interface that requires the user to take a video selfie.
Not just any selfie, but a video that takes the face from multiple angles and that is because Facebook is thinking of a new way of verifying the identity of users who register on the social network.
Once the procedure is complete, Facebook will display a warning message which specifies that no one will be able to see the previously recorded video. Further, the latter would be automatically canceled after 30 days from account verification. Helpful warning to avoid any controversy about privacy.
And it is precisely in the United States where the situation is more delicate than ever since for next year there will be presidential elections and Facebook is the center of attention precisely because of the fictitious accounts and the spreading of fake news is often spread only from this type of user profiles. Therefore, it is possible that the company will press the accelerator to impose on its users a completely new system of identification of the person.
It is because of that Mark Zuckerberg's developer team is working on a new system digital identity verification that should ask users to sign up with a selfie video - the purpose is to show that the account belongs to a real person. Well Facebook intends to continue its fight against the proliferation of fake profiles, but there could also be privacy risks.
And it is that this new system is already at work, well computer researcher Jane Manchum Wong He explained that Facebook developers are working on a video-based facial scanning system that will ask users to sign in with selfies to confirm that the owners of the accounts to verify are real people.
Jane Manchun Wong is a 25-year-old computer engineer from Hong Kong: she says she checks every new line of code every time one of her Android smartphone's apps receives an update. Find the new code, reverse engineer and find new features before they are announced.
How could this check work? The screen will show a circular area in which users will have to frame their faces, tilting them in the directions requested by the interface. At this point, the video will be sent to the company's servers for analysis, with the goal of understanding whether the face is the face of a real human being, a static photograph, or a recording.
The new verification method of account could be the focus of many criticisms. A few months ago, Facebook was already accused of having used the phone numbers for advertising purposes entered by users for two-factor authentication. Therefore, requesting video selfies foresees even more risks in the violation of privacy.
In this regard, however, no confirmation has yet been received from Facebook: Wong, you discovered that the functionality is still "inactive" in some prerelease versions of the application. Later, the same researcher decided to post some screenshots online to prove the authenticity of what was revealed. The details are not yet known and if this feature will ever come, also because Facebook may decide not to activate the system.