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Fury at Facebook as login requests “Government ID” from users

The Twitter community has expressed outrage

Thousands of Facebook users have vented their fury at the social media site on Twitter after they were locked out of the site, and were requested to provide “Government ID” to log back in.Similar mass lockouts have occurred on Facebook in the past, most recently in January this year. At that time, the ID request was in response to claims that users’ accounts had been hacked.“This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on what type of violation may have occurred,” Facebook said at the time.This is the first mass lockout and ID request to have taken place since the NSA government data trawling revelations, and it seems to have outraged users to a greater extent.Facebook has issued a statement to The Drum to apologise for the error.

UPDATE: Facebook has since issued an apology for requesting a 'Government ID' to sign in. It is believed that there was no security reason behind a request; merely a mistake on behalf of the social networking site.

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