Facebook to tell you if someone's impersonating you

23 March 2016

facebook mobile There's a lot of odd people in the world, who like to pretend to be others online. They'll steal people's pictures and act as if they're someone else, sometimes to catfish people they fancy, and sometimes for reasons utterly baffling.

Well, Facebook have noticed this, and are testing a new feature that should alert you if someone is passing themselves off as you. So, should someone be impersonating you with photos of you, or your name, then they'll get in touch and ask you to identify if the profile in question is trying to pass themselves off with your details.

The notification process itself is automated, but if something is flagged as being an impersonation, then actual humans will get involved, in a bid to ensure that real people don't have their accounts shut down.


Of course, there's going to be some headaches regarding all this. People will have to prove who they are to Facebook by providing images of their passports or other forms of photo ID, which many have been angered by when it comes to the whole kerfuffle over Facebook's real name scheme. Will you be able to prove you are who you say you are, without giving very personal things over to a company you don't necessarily trust? Probably not.

That said, social network has been hosting meetings and discussions with a variety of groups when it comes to dealing with this kind of information, in an attempt to get feedback on privacy and security issues.

Facebook's Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis told 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."

TOPICS:   Social Media

1 comment

  • Father J.
    How will they be able to tell me this, given that I'm not on Facebook?

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