Facebook Now Demands User Picture for Login Authentication

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Purportedly fighting the Russian propaganda (ain't it too late for that?) and increasing problem of bots, the company has now found yet another excuse to amass more data.

The social media application has required users to take selfies as part of a new security test designed to prove that the person is not a 'bot', the name of the software designed to perform the task online.

"Australians who fear their intimate image may be shared without their consent can work with the eSafety Commissioner to provide that image in a safe and secure way to Facebook so that we can help prevent it from being shared on our platforms", Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, wrote in a company blog post on Nov. 9 .

The identity verification process is meant to "help [Facebook] 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", Facebook said.

To all the fake Facebook account holders, this is a warning.

Facebook is able to tell if a photo is authentic if it is indeed unique. It is reported by Wired. Most of the time it's because you're logging in from a strange place or are using an open public Wi-Fi network, which makes sense from a security perspective.

This latest "verification" technique from Facebook has apparently been doing the rounds since April, if the earliest reports on Reddit are to be believed.

"You Can't Log In Right Now".

FREE GAMES! What games do you get for free on Xbox Games With Gold in December? To battle revenge porn, Facebook also asked victims to upload nude photos of themselves as well. The spokesperson also said that this process is automated, including checking the photo's authenticity and identifying suspicious activity.

However, this is not the first time such instances have come up.