Image of Facebook login page requiring vaccination ID is fake

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An image shared in multiple social media posts appears to show Facebook requesting vaccination ID for login. The posts have circulated since the tech giant announced it was changing its name to Meta in October 2021. This is false; AFP confirmed that as of the date of this publication, the image does not show a real Facebook login screen. A spokesperson for Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, said the image is fake.

The picture was shared on Twitter here on January 12, 2022.

The tweet states: "Facebook asking for Vaccine ID to log into account... Wtaf? Has anyone else experienced this?"

The accompanying image shows the Meta logo with text that reads: "Confirm your identity. To log in to your Facebook account, you must first confirm your identity. Log in with your Vaccine ID".

Screenshot of the misleading tweet taken on February 17, 2022



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in October 2021 that the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp would change its name to Meta.

A similar claim has also circulated in Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Indonesian, Malaysian and Romanian.

However, the image is false.

As of the date of this publication, AFP Fact Check confirmed that Facebook's homepage does not request any vaccination status or identification to log in.

Below are screenshots of the mobile (L) and desktop (R) version of the Facebook login page:

Screenshots of the mobile (L) and desktop (R) version of the Facebook login page, taken on February 17, 2022

In response to a now deleted tweet, Meta spokesman Andy Stone said: "This is false".

A quote tweet from the same account that Stone replied to and a reply to the deleted tweet indicate that the spokesman commented on the false login image.

AFP has carried out other fact checks on Meta and Facebook here and here.

AFP works with Meta in its third-party fact-checking program in more than 80 countries and 24 languages.

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