5% of Facebook’s total user count are fake accounts. Seems like a relatively low number right? Unfortunately not, considering the sum of Facebook users, 5% equates to 125M account holders that are potentially fake users. A staggering and worrying statistic considering that minors also avail of Facebook’s service offerings.
With Facebook’s minimum age requirement at 13 years of age. The social giant has introduced an increased safety filtration system for its Messenger application. With fake user usage on the rise, it has brought a sea of untrusted, fake and fraudulent accounts onto Facebook’s Messenger. Facebook has expressed that the introduction of the new messaging safety system will help to prevent not only minors but all users from becoming entangled with fraudulent and harmful encounters while on Messenger.
How it works.
The new system is activated when a user creates an interaction with numerous users that they have not interacted with before. Suspicious activity is also found through the use of keywords with threads and many more. The system is focused on all-around user safety, in the hope of preventing messages that lead to viruses, unwanted interactions and reducing adults from contacting minors.
If Facebook detects an unsafe or unusual interaction they will prompt a warning message on the receiving parties Messenger page, informing them of suspicious activity inbound. They can then delete the message without viewing or proceed with caution with the unknown user’s activity having been identified by Facebook. Aware that many fake accounts are based on real accounts. If a user receives a message from a profile that is similar to another by name or featured content. The safety system will compare both and display them side by side to the message to the receiver, encouraging them to question the true identity of the user page.
As Facebook heads towards a fully encrypted platform. These safety features amongst many more will be incorporated in order to strive towards a safer Social Media platform for all users. Many spectators have questioned Facebook’s decision to reach full encryption as they have stated concern for aiding scammers in hiding their activity. In return, Facebook has stated that they will be providing a number of actions and implementations to continue to protect user safety and privacy.