If you opened up Twitter today, you may have noticed an increase in posts reporting that the social media site Facebook was asking them to provide a government ID to unlock their account on the site.
The message users received when logging into their Facebook account reads: “For security reasons, your account is temporarily locked. If this account reflects your real name and personal information, please help us to do so. to verify”.
The user whose access to the account has been temporarily blocked is then asked to provide government identification for verification.
Facebook itself has yet to post a public comment, and it’s unclear whether the company will address the issue.
Facebook government ID
The Facebook help page provides more information about the practice:
If you cannot verify your account using your mobile phone number, you will need to provide a copy of your photo ID. It could be a scanned copy or a close-up photo you took.
Upload a passport photo
How to download your username
- Optional: hide any confidential information (for example: license or passport number)
- Scan or take a photo of your ID with your digital camera
- Make sure you can clearly see your name, date of birth and photo
- Save the photo to your desktop
- Click the button below and follow the instructions to upload your ID
This is my government issued ID. I understand that I will not get help with my account if I have not uploaded a valid ID.
The lists of very identical pages the types of identifiers accepted by Facebook:
- Birth certificate
- Driving license
- Marriage certificate
- Official name change documents
- Personal or automobile insurance card
- Official identity document of the non-driver
- Green card, residence permit or immigration papers
- Social security card
- Voter ID card
In addition, Facebook will also accept one of the following two elements which must show the name and date of birth of the locked Facebook user.
- bank statement
- Bus card
- To verify
- Credit card
- Job verification
- Library card
- Magazine subscription tip
- Medical file
- Membership IDs
- pay stub
- School map
- Academic record
- Utility bill
- Yearbook photo
The company notes that data that was uploaded to Facebook as part of the verification process will be deleted after verification.
The mass user lockdown isn’t the first on Facebook. The most recent lockdown that required users to provide Facebook with credentials to unlock the account happened again in January of this year. The company then said it could ask users for photo IDs depending on the violation that occurred.
Common violations where this may be the case are accounts where the name or date of birth does not match or does not exist at all (for example if a nickname is used), and perhaps also occasionally to verify ownership. of the account after a hacking attempt.
The only two options available to Facebook users are either to comply with the request and upload a photo of a photo ID to Facebook, or to stop using the site altogether.