Facebook may now be better known for breaching its users ' privacy but nobody else wants to do the same. All your best efforts to set all the privacy options on Facebook are all for naught, but the moment some inquisitive friend or relative gets hold of your phone and hence your Messenger chats. That's presumably why it's obviously creating a way to lock securely lock your chats, using your face as the key.
To be honest, it definitely sounds like a feature that's useful and very important. No matter how much encryption or two-factor authentication you use, the moment someone else gets a hold of your phone, those precautions are thrown out of the window. You can also secure your phone's lock screen with a fingerprint or face, but that's when your phone and everything in it is vulnerable for those few critical seconds in between.
Developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered a new feature in the Messenger app from Facebook that would allow users to lock the device after leaving it, either immediately or after a delay of up to 1 hour. In addition, what the leaked screenshot calls "Face ID" might unlock the feature.
Given that Wong says it came from an Android phone, this is definitely not Apple's Face ID and is likely to be re-named later unless Facebook wants a legal action. Definitely, given some less than professional text it looks like a work in progress. It does at least suggest that those who allow the function will still be able to read and reply to messages in the notification, which only marginally reduces its protection.
Perhaps more significantly, the text suggests that specifics of face recognition won't be stored on Facebook servers. It is not yet clear whether it will incorporate its own technologies, or use the facilities of Android and iOS. And whether it will really do as it says is going to be an entirely different matter.
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