Facebook is touted to introduce facial recognition in the Messenger app. It will work in the same way as fingerprint authentication works in the Facebook owned-instant messaging app WhatsApp.
The upcoming feature has been discovered by the developer Jane Manchun Wong.
Facebook Messenger is working on "Face ID" app lock
It can be enabled right after the user leave Messenger or after a duration
It seems Face ID will NOT be sent to, or stored by Facebook’s servers, according to the description shown in the screenshot pic.twitter.com/pqBQAjOrnd
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) January 23, 2020
Users will be able to use facial recognition to unlock the app and there will also be an option to choose the time interval to lock the app again. As of now, time durations like 1 minute, 15 minutes and 1 hour are available but Facebook will add more time intervals before launching the feature in the stable version of the app.
Facebook has stated in the description of the feature that if the app is locked using the facial recognition feature, the user will be still able to replay messages from the notification panel and answer any incoming call in the Messenger app. Facebook has also stated that the Facial recognition data of the users will not be stored or used anywhere by the company.
As visible in the tweet above, Facebook has named this feature as Face ID. The developer who discovered this says that she was using an Android smartphone when she came across the feature. Therefore, it should not be confused with Apple’s FaceID facial recognition tech.
There are speculations that Facebook will rename this feature to avoid any conflict with the iPhone maker company.
As per Facebook’s past involvement in suspicious activities pertaining to breach of privacy, this feature could be problematic for those who are concerned about their privacy and misuse of data shared by them on the internet.
Before launching the feature, it is expected that Facebook will also provide brief details about it and how the feature will not meddle with the privacy of the user.