Fake profiles continue to be a problem on Facebook, despite the social network’s efforts to wipe them out. Free application FB Checker offers users a quick way to help determine the authenticity of profiles by examining their photos.
The app has its limitations, as it only analyzes photos, and users must have access to the photos of the accounts in question. It works by searching the Web for duplicates of the chosen photos, and warning users if those photos are discovered in multiple places.
FB Checker said on its website:
FB Checker verifies if people that you meet on Facebook are real or if they have fake pictures and accounts. People create false accounts in order to advertise or simply get attention. These accounts contain photos of attractive people in order to lure you to friend them, talk to them, and give them your full attention. Avoid being disappointed by checking a person’s profile for authenticity before investing time or even before adding them as friends. FB Checker can tell you if a person’s photos are theirs or they were simply taken from elsewhere on the Internet.
The release of FB Checker comes about one year too late for Chick-Fil-A, which allegedly used a stock image to create a fictional Facebook profile under the name Abby Farle to defend the restaurant chain on its page.
Readers: Does FB Checker seem like a useful app, or would you like to see a more comprehensive solution?