Facebook now testing face ID of its own

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Apple wasn't the first to bring facial recognition features to a mobile phone, but the iPhone X may be the first smartphone whose facial recognition system can't be hacked with a photo.

According to Facebook, the facial recognition feature for verifying an account will be only available on those devices that users have already used to log in.

Facebook says its existing account protection features, like two-factor authentication, aren't going away - this is just another way to prove you are who you say you are.

It is important how people will respond to this new feature, as Facebook has several times found itself in the center of a heated debate regarding privacy and security of user data. Until there's a real standard baseline in terms of camera and other sensor quality, the feature might be relatively easy to defeat by hackers. If this method is secure enough for daily log-in scenarios, we expect this method to become the preferred verification method that Facebook users will opt for.

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However, it appears to be part of wider plans to integrate facial recognition technology more widely into the social media service. For years now, they have been tracking faces to help users tag friends, though they are not always accurate. The social giant said the feature is now undergoing testing, but did not provide a specific timeline for its release.

So we think, the facial scanning feature wouldn't be a failure if Facebook adds it.

'How people share and communicate is changing and things like masks and other effects allow people to express themselves in fun and creative ways, ' a Facebook spokesperson said.