It looks like Facebook is trying to fix one of its most annoying privacy related problems – impersonators. It’s very easy for anyone to copy your profile information and create a new Facebook account pretending to be you, but Facebook wants to prevent that and is testing a feature that will alert users of impersonators.
When Facebook suspects that someone is trying to impersonate you, it will alert you of the bogus profile, and manually review and close it down. According to Mashable, Facebook has been testing this feature since November last year, and is now available to about 75% of users around the world, and the social networking company will expand it further in the near future.
While impersonation isn’t a common problem on the social network, since creating a new profile is just a few clicks away, it could easily happen to anyone. Facebook wants to make it safer for everyone, especially women, to use its platform.
“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 may have a certain cultural or social ramification.” – Antigone Davis, Facebook’s Head of Global Safety told Mashable.
Other safety features currently being tested by Facebook include new ways of reporting non-consensual intimate images and a photo check-up feature.