Facebook has acquired a biometric ID verification startup names ‘Confirm’
The current digital ID authentication software will wound down
This is no where related linking Facebook with Aadhaar
Facebook has acquired a biometric ID verification startup named Confirm that specialises in remotely verifying IDs like drivers licenses.
The startup offers an application programming interface (API) that helps verify government-issued identification cards.
“We’re excited to announce that we have agreed to be acquired by Facebook! This is the culmination of three years of hard work building technology that will keep people safe and secure online,” Confirm said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The test, which has now finished, merely includes additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognise them,” Facebook said in a statement.
“We are not collecting Aadhaar data and do not require people to enter their Aadhaar name when they sign up to Facebook,” the company stressed. (IANS)
“That’s why we have a moral duty to understand how these technologies are being used and what can be done to make communities like Facebook as representative, civil and trustworthy as possible,” he added.
“This is a new frontier and we don’t pretend to have all the answers. But I promise you that my team and many more here are dedicated to this pursuit,” said Chakrabarti who is responsible for politics and elections products globally.
The 2016 US presidential election brought to the fore the risks of foreign meddling, “fake news” and political polarisation.
“Around the US 2016 election, Russian entities set up and promoted fake Pages on Facebook to influence public sentiment — essentially using social media as an information weapon,” Chakrabarti noted.
Facebook discovered that these Russian actors created 80,000 posts that reached around 126 million people in the US over a two-year period.
“It’s abhorrent to us that a nation-state used our platform to wage a cyberwar intended to divide society. This was a new kind of threat that we couldn’t easily predict, but we should have done better,” the post further read.
The Russian interference worked in part by promoting inauthentic Pages, so “we’re working to make politics on Facebook more transparent”.
“We’re making it possible to visit an advertiser’s Page and see the ads they’re currently running. We’ll soon also require organisations running election-related ads to confirm their identities so we can show viewers of their ads who exactly paid for them,” Chakrabarti said.