Facebook is now willing to spy for you!
Basically Facebook will keep the ball in your court to decide if an account in question is an impersonation of you profile. If you believe that the account is a duplicate one, a dedicated team at Facebook will manually review the said account before shutting it down. This way, Facebook will ensure no innocent profiles are being harmed.
As a relief to a lot of users in open societies, not-so-open societies and societies where blasphemy or physical exposure means death, the end of fake or impersonating profiles will come as a big relief. A number of fake profiles are also being used to promote character assassinations, twisting ideologies and deceiving the public and thus deserve a quick demise.
The feature in question has been in testing since November and has been rolled out to 75 per cent of Facebook's global user base till date. In the process, Facebook has interacted with NGOs, activists, social groups and users to get new ideas and feedback on ensuring security and privacy of individual profiles.
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"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," said Antigone Davis, Facebook's Head of Global Safety to Mashable.
Facebook has also been at the forefront of the worldwide defence to state-sponsored legislations and actions that undermine encryption and user privacy. Back in October, Facebook announced that it will warn users if their profiles were snooped on by Government security agencies.
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"Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state," said Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook.
He further wrote that Facebook will only warn users if it is convinced that agents of the state are trying to snoop on your profile. This will ensure you will know if you're under attack and you won't have to worry about deleting your profile to safeguard your privacy.