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Facebook Admits Checking The Impersonating Accounts Within Friends

"We use new technologies to protect people on Facebook and we are often able to improve as we roll them out," Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld said.

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According to The Washington Post, Facebook said that it does compare profile photos against millions of other users', but it did not reveal a specific number.
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Facebook has admitted that it mostly looks for impostors — who use a user’s photo as their profile pictures — only among friends and friends of friends, a media report said.

According to The Washington Post, Facebook said that it does compare profile photos against millions of other users’, but it did not reveal a specific number.

“We use new technologies to protect people on Facebook and we are often able to improve as we roll them out,” Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld said.

“In the early days of this feature, we are focused on alerting people to new and recent photos posted by their friends and friends of their friends. We hope to improve how we use this technology over time.”

Facebook has admitted that it mostly looks for impostors -- who use a user's photo as their profile pictures -- only among friends and friends of friends, a media report said.
Facebook. Pixabay

It also did not disclose how it chooses which accounts to compare against and sometimes it disables people’s real accounts instead.

The social media giant recently launched “Face Recognition” feature that said that switching it on can “help protect you from strangers using a photo of you as their profile picture”.

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The company believes that there were as many as 87 million fake accounts as of last quarter, which is nearly five times as many as the 18 million fakes on the website back in 2016.

Facebook said the increase was due to “episodic spikes” in fake account creation in countries such as Indonesia, Turkey and Vietnam.

Although Facebook has done a lot of work in face recognition and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools as its weapons to combat political propaganda, hate speech and misinformation, the company was struggling to use the technology to connect real people around the world. (IANS)

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Meeting Between Members of European Parliament and Mark Zuckerberg to be Web Streamed

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.
European Parliament members and Facebook CEO's meeting will be live streamed. Wikimedia commons

A meeting between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and members of the European Parliament (EP) over the social network’s use of personal data will be webstreamed, the Parliament’s President said on Monday.

The meeting, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, would be streamed over the Internet after Zuckerberg agreed to it, EP President Antonio Tajani said on Twitter.

“I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens… I thank him for the respect shown towards EP,” Tajani said.

The meeting would take place a month-and-a-half after Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress over an alleged massive personal data leak to UK-based firm Cambridge Analytica.

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.

“We are convinced that the millions of Europeans affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebook’s top manager, just as was the case for US citizens,” Tajani penned in a letter to Zuckerberg in April. (IANS)

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