Facebook just keeps doing things that are meant to be for the benefit of their users when the truth is that they are just interested in their own well-being. This is exactly what the deal is with the latest move that seems to have been put into action way before it was presented.
TLDR: Do not be surprised if Facebook will lock you out of your account and will ask you to upload a phot with your face in order to prove you are not a bot. All this for the “benefit” of users.
I am not going to bother you with details since you can easily find all that on the internet with a simple Google Search. You may have already heard about it. What is interesting to look at is the statement by a Facebook representative about the new facial captcha system. Facebook claims that the intent is to:
“help 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.”
The important thing to look at here is the talk about ads. In case you are not aware of, any Facebook user can start a Facebook ads campaign without having to pay for it. The campaign will run for some time and then Facebook tries to bill your credit card. If it cannot bill the card, the ads account is just suspended but the main account remains active. That account can still be used to do other shady things.
It is really hard for me to think that Facebook is interested in the well-being of users, especially those that want to be anonymous. A great part of the social network was that you could be anonymous to some extent in the past. Now, this is more difficult than ever. A friend of mine had problems because she did not want to mention her real name on Facebook. This did not work out well. Facebook is turning into a business that forces users to do different things. In the meantime, other networks are getting stronger and Facebook is losing ground. This latest upload a photo thingy is just another nail in the coffin. The network needs to change its approach and actually listen to its users.