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Facebook Can Now Automatically Alert Users On Accounts That May Be Impersonating Them

Facebook Can Now Automatically Alert Users On Accounts That May Be Impersonating Them

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(Photo : Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Facebook is taking another step to combat online harassment against women.

Facebook is said to be developing a new tool that would alert users if someone is impersonating them on the social media site.

The new feature will be able to send a user an alert automatically if it detects that another user is using his or her profile picture and name.

Once a user receives an alert, he or she will have to identify whether that profile is truly using his or her identity or not.

The process is automatic but flagging potential profiles suspected of impersonating a user is reviewed manually by Facebook’s team.

Facebook has been testing the feature since November of last year and is now active to around 75 percent of users.

“We heard feedback prior to the roundtable and also at the roundtables that this was a point of concern for women,” Facebook head of global safety Antigone Davis told Mashable.

“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.”

The social media giant also stated that it has plans to continue rolling out the feature more widely.

Impersonation on Facebook is considered to be against the company’s names policy and is also a form of harassment.

Users are always required to always use their real names when creating a Facebook account as per the social media site’s names policy.

People who impersonate users on Facebook have the power to easily ruin a person’s reputation by posting photos or status updates, as pointed out by Engadget.

Facebook is also currently testing out two new security features to combat other ways of online harassment.

The first new feature is a tool allowing users to report nude images posted on Facebook, according to Tech Times.

Users whose nude photos were posted without their consent will be able to report the incident and have them taken down.

Facebook will then provide them with links that would advise them on what legal actions they can take against the offender.

Lastly, the second tool will be more focused on privacy — users will be able to easily know who can see their photos.