Facebook is asking people to submit their I.D.s to prove their accounts are real


    Facebook is asking for several forms of I.D. to prove your account actually belongs to you. (Photo: KMPH)

    If Facebook suspects your account may be fraudulent, they may lock it and say that to restore the account, you need to send them identification to verify that you are who you say you are.

    But with all the recent scandals surrounding Facebook data breaches, why would the social media platform ask for something so personal as an ID?

    Facebook says it would ask you to upload an id for two reasons: To confirm the account your trying to access is actually yours; or to confirm your name.

    Facebook says they ask all users to go by their real names, though many users don't abide by that rule.

    There are two groups for the types of id they ask for.

    In Group 1, acceptable forms of id include your birth certificate, driver's license, passport, green card, and several others.

    If you don't have any of those, some of the things Group 2 suggests you send include your social security card, a bank statement, or medical records.

    If you do upload any of those forms of ID, Facebook says it's encrypted and stored securely.

    The issue is, this year, the words "Facebook" and "secure" are not ones we often found in the same sentence.

    In March, British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica exploited Facebook to gain information on 87 million users without their permission

    In September, Facebook found a security flaw in almost 50 million accounts that would let hackers take over people's profiles, and see personal data from 14 million users.

    And in December, Facebook says almost 7 million users may have had their unpublished photos exposed to third-party app developers.

    Those are just a few of the things that happened in 2018.

    If you believe your Facebook has been hacked, there are a few things you should get started on right away.

    First, change your password. Next, report the hack to Facebook. After that, remove any suspicious applications from your account.

    Finally, do some damage control. Let your friends know that anything they may have received from your account is actually from a hacker.

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