February seemed to be the month of Facebook, with new updates and new privacy settings. Today, Facebook announced a new procedure to address the recent wave of spam that has plagued the website. Starting April 2nd, users will be required to enter their social security numbers to log in to their Facebook accounts. Facebook’s media relations department released this statement.
The new member log in format will be both safe and efficient for our users who fear having their Facebook identity stolen. The requirement for users to enter their social security numbers during log in, will completely take away the element of spam from unauthorized access. With cooperation from the United States government, we have compiled a database to verify that each person’s social security is accurate. Also, the last four digits of each users social will be displayed in their info section of their profile. Further upgrades to security are currently being planned, and will be announced as more information is given.
The announcement will for sure create outrage across the internet, where tensions are already high due to Facebook’s new privacy policies. Google has also hinted to a similar procedure to verify user identification.
Calls to the Facebook corporate offices have not been returned.