Facebook is testing new security tool to curb profile impersonation


Facebook is testing a new security tool that will alert users when someone is trying to impersonate them i.e using their name or profile, according to a latest report from Mashable.

If Facebook finds that an account is being impersonated, Facebook will send an immediate alert, asking users to confirm whether someone else was using their account. The notified user will have to review the profile and if it is indeed an impersonation, flag it so that Facebook can take it down. Facebook says it has started testing the feature in November and has since set it live for 75 percent of accounts.

Facebook’s Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis told the publication,

We heard feedback prior to the roundtables and also at the roundtables that this was a point of concern for women. And it’s a real point of concern for some women in certain regions of the world where it [impersonation] may have certain cultural or social ramifications.

Moreover, Facebook is also working on other anti-harassment features to ensure women safety while using the service. The social network is also testing two other features that will allow you to report non-consensual intimate images (nude photos) and a photo checkup function. The photo checkup function helps users through the privacy settings for their images, and is reportedly already live in India and parts of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Author: Sneha Bokil

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