Biometric logins are the norm this days and you can unlock your phone with your finger, iris or your face. The fact that you can use a part of you to unlock your phone makes it feel personal and this has been carried forward to apps.
Currently, we also have seen apps that use biometric data to log you in. Paypal for example can use your fingerprint data to log you in and Google Play can use the same fingerprint data to execute purchases.
Facebook uses the traditional password and a one tap login to log you into your account. It seems now they are trying out a new way to log you in using your biometric data.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook is testing a way for you to regain access to your account by using your face to verify your identity. The publication even obtained a confirmation message from the company as shown below:
We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that were taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.
Matt Navara from TNW was also able to get a screenshot of the feature running on the Android app.
NEW! Facebook working on a facial recognition feature to help secure your account
h/t Devesh Logendran pic.twitter.com/demol4dKj1
— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) September 29, 2017
Apparently from settings, this system works by comparing your face data with your profile picture and photos and videos that you are tagged in. This is not a surprise since Facebook’s face recognition is pretty accurate if you have ever tried tagging your friend on Facebook.
It is unclear when they will roll this out, but this will certainly help in recovering your Facebook account in the future.