Last night I popped into Facebook, made a very inane post about Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller”. A few minutes later I was greeted with this message.
There are several steps you can take to verify your identity the first of which is to receive an SMS text message with a verification code. Sounds simple, right? The problem is that the message never gets sent. When I tried several times, I got into a timed loop that prevents me from trying again until a specified timeframe (I am not told what that timeframe is) has expired.
So, I ended up in a loop of help pages, with the last one being this:
I did find a page eventually where I could fill out a form and explain the issue, attach screen shots that depict the problem, and send it on to FaceBook. I filled out the entire form, attached the images, but the problem is, the SEND button does not work.
I stumbled on another page where I could upload a copy of my ID to submit and verify my identity. The chances of me sending a copy of my driver’s license to Facebook are somewhere between slim and none.
You think we own our data online? Au contraire my good friend.
I most likely got swept up in Facebook’s mighty algorithm machine, but of course you never know why it happens. I am not the first as many people have experienced the same. I was looking for a good reason to sever the cord. They may have just done it for me.