Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup
Facebook has acquired a Boston-based identity verification startup named Confirm that specializes in remotely verifying IDs like drivers licenses.
The startup offers an application programming interface (API) that helps verify government-issued identification cards.
 
Confirm, which was founded in 2015, announced the news in a note on its website. The note said that Confirm’s “current digital ID authentication software offerings will be wound down” as it joins the Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) team.

“We’re excited to announce that we have agreed to be acquired by Facebook! This is the culmination of three years of hard work building technology that will keep people safe and secure online,” Confirm said in a statement on Wednesday.

The acquisition, for which financial details were not disclosed, is part of Facebook’s effort to minimize the presence of fake profiles on its platform.

“We are excited to welcome the Confirm team to Facebook. Their technology and expertise will support our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe,” Facebook told TechCrunch.

“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,” Confirm said.

Facebook said Confirm will join its local Cambridge office, but declined to share how many employees would stay on. The startup listed 24 employees on its website as of October 2017.

Confirm was founded by two partners at New York-based Cava Capital, Bob Geiman and Walt Doyle, as well as security researcher Ralph Rodriguez. Cava put $4 million into Confirm’s seed round, according to Crunchbase. Doyle, previously the founder of Where Inc., has since joined Boston-based GasBuddy as CEO.

Confirm’s technology allows companies to verify a person’s identity from a photo of their driver’s license or another ID. The startup sold to financial institutions, healthcare providers, insurance carriers and retailers.

Facebook has 2.1 billion monthly active users globally.
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