X Social Media Platform to Garner Biometric Data from Premium Members to Thwart Impersonation
X Social Media Platform to Garner Biometric Data from Premium Members to Thwart Impersonation

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X, the digital networking platform previously recognized as Twitter, has made modifications to its privacy guidelines. The aim is to accumulate biometric data from its members to counteract deceptive activities and impersonation.

The company relayed its intentions to gather and utilize biometric details from consenting users to enhance safety, security, and identification measures. This updated guideline is set to be implemented on September 29, 2023.

X disclosed to Bloomberg, the initial informer of this adjustment, that this alteration would solely pertain to premium subscribers. This initiative of biometric matching is expected to bolster the platform’s defense against imitation attempts, thereby enhancing overall security.

Subscribers will be presented with a choice to supply their government-issued identification along with a photograph for identity cross-referencing or validation through biometric details, as shared by X with the media. Nonetheless, the methodology and duration for retaining this information within their infrastructure remain unspecified.

The forthcoming policy alteration is also anticipated to encompass provisions for assimilating users’ professional and academic backgrounds. This is to facilitate potential employment suggestions, disseminate these details to potential employers, and tailor advertisements accordingly.

This strategic move by X follows closely after its introduction of recruitment utilities, enabling Verified entities to spotlight job vacancies on their profiles.

In the month of May, X initiated the provision for encrypted direct messaging on its service. In addition, Elon Musk, the company’s chief executive, expressed that members would soon be capable of initiating video and voice conversations via the platform without revealing their contact numbers.

Moreover, the company’s projected privacy guidelines suggest its intention to deploy collected data, coupled with openly accessible data, to refine machine learning or artificial intelligence mechanisms.

Musk has subsequently validated this modification, emphasizing that it encompasses “solely public records and excludes direct messages or any confidential details.”