Facebook announced today that it implements a new initiative to secure Facebook pages with major American implications to make it harder for people to manage a page using a "fake or compromised account." Begin with those who have major American implications, some Facebook pages will now go through a "Side Publishing Authorization" process. This will require side managers to secure their accounts and verity their location.
Facebook says that the process only takes a few minutes to complete. If a page requires this authorization, Page admins receives a message at the top of the newsfeed and instructs them to initiate the process.
If they choose not to send for authorization, they will no longer be able to add to their pages, "said the company. Enforcement will begin this month.
When the page owners click, a message informs them why this is done and what steps they need to take. To secure their account, Facebook asks that the page manager to secure his account using two-factor authentication. This makes it harder for your account to be hijacked by a third party and is a good practice that all Facebook users ̵
Separately, Facebook page managers must verify their location. This will then be set as the site's primary country and screen in the new page Info page Facebook introduced in June.
Here, Facebook will also show a list of countries to those who manage the page and how many managers hail from each country in this list.
In addition, on Facebook page will show the page when a page has merged with another.
The company says that this new policy will first roll out to Pages with major American audiences, and Instagram will soon do something similar. In particular, Instagram will allow people to see more information about accounts with the large audience.
"Our goal is to prevent organizations and individuals from creating accounts that mislead people about who they are or what they are doing," read a Facebook announcement about the new process. "These updates are part of our continued efforts to increase the authenticity and transparency of Pages on our platform."
The changes follow the latest news that Facebook had found evidence of possible Russian linked impact campaigns on the network whose goal was to affect the American midterms. The company removed 8 Facebook pages, 17 Facebook profiles and 7 Instagram accounts as a result of their findings.
New guidelines for creating Facebook pages that make a significant number of Americans safer, and their leadership more transparent, seem like a good first step on Facebook's part. Although it is still possible that those who aim to disturb democracy and seed department will eventually find solutions to these measures at some point in the future.