Facebook Asks You to Rat Out Your Friends

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Facebook has become the most popular way to connect with friends and family. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that it is not completely free of scammers or dangers. Some people try to combat this by creating a fake name, but in past years Facebook urged the friends to reveal there true names. But, now let’s fast forward to today where people with fake names can have the piece of mind that they won’t have reveal their identities because Facebook has stopped asking friends to rat out their friends.

This goes back to when Facebook, as a way to obtain to obtain people’s true identities, began to display a simple survey that stated: “Is this your friend’s real name?” This survey displayed a picture of the friend and their Facebook username. They would give the person who takes the survey three options: yes, no or I don’t want to answer.


This survey cause plenty of outrage and people would ask themselves,” would I ever rat out my friends?” This was actually first reported by a @chapeaudefee, an activist, artist, photojournalist and writer. He wrote,” Are you going to be the one to snitch on your friends?” This complaint was picked up by Sophos, a security firm.
Facebook had heard the claim and responded by confirming to the TPM that they had begun to gather information from their users. Facebook also told TPM,” The system has been different incarnations over the past months.” They also said,” It changes depending on what’s being asked.”
A spokes woman from Facebook also explained to PCMag that Facebook has officially ended the survey, which for a time was referred to as the limited survey. Facebook also responded by telling the TPC that according to their terms of service, new users must create a legitimate account using their true identities. The Facebook official name policy states that Facebook is a global community where people can connect with people and create new friendships, but using their real identities to prevent spam or viruses. They also mentioned that they wanted a legit and real way to connect. This spokeswoman also wrote in an email,” We, at facebook.com, look to gauge on how a person uses the site and how they display themselves as a way to better the product as service that the users get.” “We also have reviews the surveys only to figure out that they have no impact on a users account.”
But, despite their efforts and arguments, Facebook is losing that battle.
Just in the last month, this powerful social media website estimated that there was more than 950 million monthly users, but out of the total only 8.7 percent of those accounts have a false identity. That translates into 83 false accounts have the intent of scamming, which is against Facebook terms of service. But, these numbers are only based in an internal review of a limited sample of accounts. Facebook also said,” This many not reflect the actual numbers of these accounts. But, these numbers are only based in an internal review of a limited sample of accounts. Facebook also said,” This many not reflect the actual numbers of these accounts.

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