Quick TEQ: Facebook is working on a new account identifying tool that will help reduce harassment online, and will improve account authenticity. It will automatically alert you if it detects another user is impersonating your account by using your profile picture or name.
Believe it or not, but making social media accounts on platforms like Twitter and Facebook is fairly easy. In fact each phone number can link up to four Facebook accounts. You might just have one account, but who knows maybe someone has created a fake account that goes by your name. In some countries of the world, the social and cultural ramifications of being defamed can have a serious impact on people’s lives. It is important that social networks have proper tools in place that help identify actual accounts, from impersonating accounts, and Facebook is currently working on that.
Facebook is currently working on a feature that detects if an account is impersonating another user by using the same profile picture or name. The user being impersonated will be alerted if the tool detects that their profile picture is being copied. Then they will be asked if the account is actually an imposter or just a user with similar credentials.
The process of Facebook notifying you is actually an automated process and once the suspected accounts are flagged, they are manually reviewed by the Facebook team. According to Facebook’s Head of Global Safety, Antigone Davis, this account identifying feature had went live in November of 2015 for about 75% of Facebook’s users.
Do you have a Facebook account that is impersonating you? Then don’t wait any longer, and get in touch with the Facebook team through your account settings and put that phoney to rest. For more information drop us an email at Contact.TEQnation@gmail.com