Facebook is all set to launch a cleanup campaign of fake accounts from early next year. And as a part of this campaign, it may ask all its individual account users to upload a clear facial selfie in order to prove that they are not robots. Furthermore, user accounts who fail to go through this identity check will be locked for further scrutiny.
Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the social media giant is adopting these new security procedures in order to differentiate fake accounts run by marketing agencies and some state-funded actors.
In January this year, Obama administration found in its review that the US 2016 polls were influenced by some fake news generated from more than a million Facebook accounts.
Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook admitted in August this year that Russia managed to circulate fake news via 80,000 fake facebook accounts and a large amounts ads posted on various search engines.
Thus, Facebook has decided to take down all those accounts after finis verification by asking individual Facebook users to upload a clear facial selfie of them.
To some individuals, the selfie demand is being made by Facebook servers only when some suspicious activity is being detected on/from their account.
But pretty soon, this security check-in will be rolled out to all users in order to curtail creation of fake accounts, setting up ad payments, sending fake friend requests and creating or editing of ads.