Facebook Demands Users Send Them A Selfie, And It Better Be New!
When I first read about Facebook’s newest insanity, I seriously wondered if today was April Fools Day or some other such thing. No luck. A spokesperson for Facebook told wired.com that their face recognition verification for accounts will “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.”
After the pervasive and intrusive social media site shuts down your profile, Facebook demands users send them a selfie before they will unblock your account. Wonderful.
Facebook says that the process of checking your photo is a means to prevent suspicious activity. Users have been going through this insanity for at least the past five months. An older selfie that you have already used on the Internet will not work; The photo you send to them must be brand-spanking new. And, you better believe that they will know if it is new or not. If you try to send Facebook a selfie that isn’t fresh, they will deny you harder than Dikembe Mutombo in his prime. The denial message says: “Please upload a photo of yourself which clearly shows your face. It can be an older photo, and it doesn’t have to just be you on your own — so long as you’re in it. When you send us a photo, we’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.” They say that the picture doesn’t have to be new, but users are claiming that is not the case.
In the past month, users have been claiming that Facebook wants some nudes of you as well in order to prevent revenge porn. All of these methods are pure insanity. Perhaps it’s time for everybody to start a mass exodus and go back to Myspace. Tom would never ask you to send him a naked picture of yourself. They have also asked users to take a picture of a valid ID and send it to them in order to get back into your account. Facebook is awesome. Zuckerberg is your master.