From Pine View Farm

Facebook Frolics 4

Facebook says, “May I see your passport, please?”

Back in February 2012, well prior to its acquisition of Instagram in April that year, Facebook confirmed that it had begun asking some users to provide government issued photo IDs, but at that time, a Facebook PR rep told TPM that the company was only “testing this process right now with people who have a large number of subscribers,” and would “iterate based on the feedback we receive.”

That iteration seems to have extended the online ID checks to people even with relatively small numbers of Friends and followers, as one user who emailed TPM to complain only reported having about 200.

This is creepy, especially given Facebook’s history of zucking with users’ privacy.

More at the link.



  1. George Smith

    January 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That’ll hurt them if it’s pursued.   

  2. Frank

    January 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    One can only hope.

  3. George Smith

    January 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    It would lock me out and everyone who wants to knows me. Since they never explain themselves who can fathom why it was done. To squeeze people for money by offering a buy back? Just a high level boss adding odious procedures so it can be reported that progress and changes are always being made? Part of a counter-productive strategy to squelch the use of the platform to game other parts of the internet with rigged counts, views, contaminated search and astro-turf? Or all of the above.

  4. Frank

    January 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    What better than verified names and addresses so they can better spam you?  


    I almost never log on there, and my page is mostly blog posts and scenery photos, with a few comments and the like from years ago.  They want me scan in my social, that’s when I turn my back, which is already three-quarters turned, all the way on them.