Facebook Asks Users If Their Friends Are Using Their Real Names

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook hates fake profiles. The site has roughly 955 million users, and it wants to make sure that they’re all real people. Several outlets are reporting that the social network is asking users to report friends who may be hiding behind pseudonyms.

Some users have been seeing a prompt, asking if one of their friends is using their real name. The prompt assures users that their feedback is confidential. Talking Points Memo first noticed this new feature after someone pointed it out on Twitter. Other than responding, “I don’t want to answer,” there’s no way to leave the dialog box. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed it with TPM, noting that it’s something Facebook has been doing in recent months to weed out fake profiles.

Here’s what the prompt looks like, courtesy of @chapeaudefee on Twitter:

A Facebook spokesperson explained the new feature to The Next Web:

We are always looking to gauge how people use Facebook and represent themselves to better design our product and systems. We are showing people information that their friends have made available to them, and we indicate to the person taking the survey that their response will be anonymous to ensure them that we are not sharing their data with anyone and only looking to understand the results in an aggregate sense. Additionally, it is important to understand that we will not be using this data for enforcement actions.

Readers: Has Facebook asked you to verify any of your friends yet?

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