Facebook Tests New Safety Features

By David Cohen Comment


Facebook is testing three new safety features: a tool to alert users if other users are impersonating their accounts; new ways of reporting nonconsensual intimate images; and a photo checkup feature.

Mashable reported that the impersonation alerts tool is live in three-quarters of the world, while the photo checkup feature is live in India and select countries in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

The impersonation alerts tool works as follows, according to Mashable: If Facebook detects that a user is impersonating another user, the “victim” will receive a notification alerting them about the suspicious profile, and they will be prompted to tell the social network if that profile is indeed an impersonation, using their personal information, or if it legitimately belongs to another user.

Mashable added that although the process is automated, flagged profiles are manually reviewed by Facebook employees, and Antigone Davis, the social network’s head of global safety, told Mashable:

We heard feedback prior to the roundtables and also at the roundtables that this was a point of concern for women. And it’s a real point of concern for some women in certain regions of the world where (impersonation) may have certain cultural or social ramifications.

Davis also described the new process of reporting nonconsensual intimate images, telling Mashable that if a Facebook user reports nudity in an image, they will also have the option of identifying themselves as the subject of that image, which will trigger the social network’s review process, as well as provide the user with links to outside resources, such as support groups for abuse victims or information about potential legal options.

She added that Facebook wants to collect more feedback and research before rolling this feature out to more users.

Finally, the photo checkup feature Facebook has been testing is modeled on its Privacy Checkup feature, with the goal of making sure users understand who can and cannot see their photos.


Readers: Would you like to see all three of these tools rolled out globally?

Images courtesy of Facebook, via Mashable.