Under this new policy, users subscribed to X Premium, the platform’s subscription service, have the option to voluntarily provide a selfie and a photo ID for identity verification purposes. While this might seem like a measure to enhance security, it also opens the door for X to possess sensitive biometric information, such as facial scans, which fall under the umbrella of biometric data.
The move comes after X Corp, the parent company of X, acquired a tech recruiting service called Laskie earlier in the year. This acquisition marked a significant step toward diversifying X’s offerings beyond its traditional social media platform. It’s worth noting that this acquisition took place following Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, which was then known as Twitter, for a staggering $44 billion in the previous year.
In response to concerns about the collection of biometric data, X has stated that this feature is specifically targeted at X Premium users. According to the company, users will have the choice to provide their government ID along with a selfie to add an additional layer of verification. Biometric data, in this case, may be extracted from both the government ID and the selfie for matching purposes. X claims that this added security measure will help combat impersonation attempts and enhance platform security.
Elon Musk, who has been at the forefront of X’s transformation since taking over, has reiterated the company’s plans to introduce video and audio calling features. He noted that this feature would be compatible with iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, and interestingly, no phone number would be required, suggesting that X aims to become a comprehensive communication platform.