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Facebook just acquired technology to quickly verify someone’s ID

Published Jan 24th, 2018 6:50AM EST
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Facebook just purchased a startup that allows its customers to quickly verify that someone’s identification documentation is authentic.

It’s unclear at this time what Facebook plans to do with the technology, but it’s not unreasonable to assume that Facebook may use tech in the future to verify the identity of users and make account recovery a relatively simple process.

Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch the acquisition, although it’s not known how much Facebook paid. Facebook had little to say about the purchase:

We are excited to welcome the Confirm team to Facebook. Their technology and expertise will support our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.

Following the purchase, will shut down, and all its employees will move to Facebook. The company has confirmed on its website that it agreed to be acquired by Facebook.

When we launched Confirm, our mission was to become the market’s trusted identity origination platform for which other multifactor verification services can build upon. Now, we’re ready to take the next step on our journey with Facebook. However, in the meantime, this means all of our current digital ID authentication software offerings will be wound down. offers to existing customers an API that lets companies verify the authenticity of government-issued IDs. The company can combine data pulled from an ID card with biometrics data pulled from a mobile device and facial recognition to verify the identity of a person.

In the near future, Facebook could use the technology to help users confirm their identities after being locked out of their accounts. Used with a phone’s fingerprint and/or face recognition systems, Facebook profiles may become a valid form of identification. Down the road, Facebook’s tech may be used to prevent people from registering fake accounts that may be used to spread fake news and misinformation. All of this is just speculation, for the time being.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.