Facebook is aware of the fact that many users on its social media platform use fake names, and is taking serious steps to implement name process verifications that will make it impossible for this to continue, while also making it easier for others to report people perpetrating this act.
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But there is an exception: Facebook will still allow some people to use aliases if they need to be protected in some way from social stigmas attached to being personally identified on the social platform. This will apply to people who are marginalized or discriminated against.
In a joint blog post posted by Justin Osofsky, Vice President of Global Operations, and Todd Gage, Product Manager at Facebook, the social media platform wants every user to feel safe knowing who they are relating with on the platform. The best way to achieve this is by using real names that users are known by, and using real photos that fully represent who they are.
Using fake names and faces makes it possible for scammers to engage in criminal behavior such as impersonation and harassment among others, and Facebook is determined to stop this at all costs. To this extent, Facebook is already testing two new features that will implement two new goals:
Facebook wants to reduce the number of people who are asked to verify their names on the social platform by uploading some form of government ID; and it also wants to make it easier for people to verify their names if they ever need to do so.
Also, Facebook will demand that its name reporting process be more specific by asking people who report fake names to provide additional information about the fake person or situations surrounding his acts – so that Facebook’s review team can be better informed into taking the right actions.
For those who have special circumstances of facing discriminations or marginalization, they will also need to clarify their unique situations and justify the use of special names or photos so that Facebook’s review team can better understand the situation and take appropriate action. This may apply to rape victims and some ethnic situations.
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Tools for these new goals are already being tested in the US on a limited basis – across mobile and desktop systems. They will be launched worldwide based on feedback from the Facebook community and other identified interest groups.