Facebook Has A Database Of User ID Photos
By Duane Thresher, Ph.D.
September 25, 2018
Recently, Facebook has demanded that some users upload an ID
photo (not profile photo) before they can log into their
Facebook accounts, supposedly so users can prove they are who
they say they are. The only way this can work is if Facebook
already has ID photos of the users for comparison, i.e., has
(or has access to) a database of user ID photos. Big Brother
Zucker is indeed watching you.
As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted, many
Facebook accounts are fake. As I've mentioned
I even have a fake Facebook account, since it's foolish to
have one under your real name but access to Facebook can be
useful, although usually only for harming a real Facebook
When Facebook was starting out, these fake accounts were a
good thing. They artificially inflated the number of users
that Facebook could brag about to investors and advertisers.
Thus Facebook did nothing to stop fake accounts, like at least
requiring a credit card, which has become the de facto ID
(this makes sense because it's really all about the
When investors and advertisers finally wised up and realized
that imaginary users were worthless, it was already too late
for Facebook. There were millions of fake accounts and many
were used for illicit purposes, like the Russians meddling in
U.S. elections. Under intense pressure, Facebook now has the
impossible task of playing catchup on ID checking their
accounts, and it does so already having a history of violating
When your account is chosen for ID verification, for whatever
reason, you get the following message
Upload a Photo of Yourself
To get back on Facebook, upload a photo that clearly shows
your face. Make sure the photo is well-lit and isn't
blurry. Don't include other people in the shot.
Once we've confirmed it's you, we'll permanently delete the
photo. It won't appear on your profile.
The only way this can work is if Facebook already has ID
photos of users for comparison, i.e., has (or has access to) a
database of user ID photos. The database can not be Facebook
profile photos because many users do not upload a profile
photo and many who do, upload photos that do not meet the
No matter where Facebook gets this database of user ID photos,
it's very troubling that they have it at all. Big Brother
Zucker is watching you.
Dropout Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook at Harvard by
illicitly obtaining photos of women students and then posting
them in pairs and asking who was hotter. Blatant sexual
harassment. Why hasn't the #MeToo movement attacked sexual
harasser Mark Zuckerberg? Many #MeToo targets are from
incidents that happened decades ago.
It is well-established that Facebook has worked with the NSA,
providing them data about Facebook users. Maybe this is just
a ploy to get ID photos for the NSA. Or perhaps Facebook has
a reciprocal agreement with the U.S. Government and can use
the Government's ID photo databases?
Facebook promises to "permanently delete" the photos but are
they going to sell them first? (And why do they need to say
"permanently"?) Perhaps Cambridge Analytica wants Facebook
user ID photos in addition to all the other user data Facebook
sold to them.
I emailed Facebook
asked about all this. Facebook emailed back
they received the email, and said they would get back to me.
They did not. Big Brother Zucker doesn't answer to
Not even Congress. To do their job and protect the American
people, Congress should obviously investigate, but seriously
so. But Congress
has a reason not to
Even if Facebook has no nefarious intent, its IT incompetence,
starting with Zuckerberg
is just as dangerous. For example, look what happened with