Facebook to introduce facial recognition to boost account security

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SAN FRANCISCO: Social media platform Facebook will soon introduce facial recognition for account security, reports said.

Facebook has been working on a facial recognition feature to help users secure their accounts and verify identity.

“We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during account recovery process.

“This optional feature is available only on devices you have already used to log in. It is another step that we are taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity,” Facebook told TechCrunch recently.

Codenamed Project Aloha, the device is set to be released by Facebook in May 2018.

The social media giant has been trying to come up with different methods to help users regain access to a locked account.

Reportedly, the company is also working towards a video chat device that can recognise users’ faces.

However, the device has raised concerns that it might be abused by the social network to spy on users instead. Questions were raised whether the device may be released.