Friday 9 December 2016

Facebook will alert you if someone is impersonating you

Mark O'Beirne

Published 23/03/2016 | 10:05

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Facebook is currently testing a feature that will send out an automatic notification if it detects that another profile may be trying to impersonate you.

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It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to social media it can also be used for harassment. Facebook is testing a new feature that will alert you if someone tries to impersonate your account by using your name and profile photo.

If Facebook detects that someone might be trying to impersonate you, it will ask you to identify if the profile in question is attempting to impersonate you or if it belongs to someone else who is not impersonating you.

The notification process itself is automated, but Facebook's team will manually review profiles that are flagged as impersonators. That should ensure that profiles aren't falsely shut down.

Facebook began testing the feature in November and has rolled it out to around 75% of the world.

The company has been hosting roundtable discussions around the world with a variety of groups, including users, activists, and NGOs to get feedback about how it can better handle issues of security and privacy.

Impersonation was one issue highlighted at these roundtables, with Facebook's Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis telling Mashable, "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."

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