Facebook clamps down on fake profiles?

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image courtesy @chapeaudefee

image courtesy @chapeaudefee

As Facebook gears towards hitting one billion users, it wants to ensure that its’ users are all real people. Various reports are indicating that users may report friends within their network who may be using pseudonyms all in a few clicks.

One user claims that her account had been suspended after one of her friends was asked if she was using her real name. Users get a prompt from Facebook just like the screenshot indicated above as the information being submitted is confidential. The only way to avoid this prompt however is to choose “I don’t want to answer”, otherwise there is no other way of closing the prompt.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed it with Talking Points Memo that it’s something Facebook has been doing in recent months to weed out fake profiles.

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.”

Some of the questions on my lips are “How long do we have to go on with this facade? What does Facebook really wants from us?” What do you think?

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