(Mirror Daily, United States) – Identity theft or on-line impersonation are real concerns in the twenty-first century. And even though a social media profile can appear harmless, it could cause a lot of damage when used by the wrong people. Fortunately, Facebook will be able to detect fake accounts.
Creating an account on social media is one of the easiest things a person could do. You just need to set up a Facebook and a Twitter and then log in to a bunch of other websites or platforms using them. Facebook alone allows you to connect to IMDB, Skype, Instagram, YouTube and many other such accounts.
Until now, there were lots of individuals creating fake accounts. And that task was as easy as starting one from scratch. They took the profile picture and public information of a user and proceeded on creating a new, fictitious one.
With this new power, the perpetrators were able of destroying a person’s image and causing irreparable damage. It just takes a few private messages and posts to denigrate a Facebook user. Especially since other individuals who are using the platform have made a habit out of sharing any post, they find slightly disturbing.
Next thing you know, you open your front door, and there is an angry mob sitting there waiting to lynch you because of the disturbing thing you posted on-line. Well, that may be a bit harsh, but profile hackers have been known to destroy relationships or even get somebody fired due to their on-line meddling.
But the time of the phony profiles is almost over because Facebook will be able to detect fake accounts and, if given the all clear, wipe them out from existence.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company is presently testing a new method to keep forgers at bay. The mechanism behind the new feature is pretty basic.
An existing algorithm searches for accounts with the same name and profile picture. If such a thing is found, then the real user is notified about the presence of the impersonator. And if it proves that the profile is indeed, fabricated then the social network takes the appropriate disciplinary methods.
The best thing about the protocol that Facebook is still testing is the fact that it features a human-machine collaboration. While the accounts are flagged by the AI, the verification process is realized by a real person.
By doing so, the company is eliminating further, unnecessary notifications or scares, or it makes sure that the machine doesn’t miss out on any clues.
Antigone Davis is confident that the feature will be available soon for all of Facebook users, and on-line identity theft will be combated.
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