Facebook Acquired Identity Verification Provider Confirm

The Boston-based startup’s current offerings will be discontinued

Confirm will join Facebook's Boston office
Confirm

Facebook appears to be working on some new ways to check IDs.

Confirm, which developed technology that enabled verification of government-issued identification, such as driver’s licenses, announced that it will be acquired by Facebook.

The agreement covers the company’s technology and employees, and Kurt Wagner of Recode reported that the Boston-based startup will join the social network’s office in Boston.

All of Confirm’s current digital ID authentication software offerings will be shuttered.

Facebook said in a statement, “We are excited to welcome the Confirm team to Facebook. Their technology and expertise will support our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.” No further details on the transaction were released.

One potential use for Confirm’s technology is helping users who are locked out of their accounts, as Facebook asks for copies of those users’ ID in many cases, but those documents must currently be scanned and uploaded to the social network.

Confirm said on its website, “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.”

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