New Facebook Pages authorization requirements are going into effect to help prevent the creation and spread of misleading information…
Facebook has announced it will now require page managers to prove their identities in order to curb the spread of false news. “…people who manage Pages will be asked to complete an authorization process in order to continue to post, making it harder for people to administer a Page using a fake or compromised account.”
New Facebook Pages Authorization Security Steps Added
The social network states the process should only take a few minutes. It uses two-factor authentication to confirm managers’ primary country location. Facebook says if it does request a manager’s authentication, it will surface a notice at the top of that person’s News Feed. Those who ignore the notice and do not complete the process can no longer post to otherwise accessible Pages.
Additionally, Facebook will display more information about pages. Here’s what admins and users can expect:
“Going forward, we’ll show when a Page has merged with another Page under Page History. We’re also adding a section called People Who Manage This Page, which will surface the primary country locations Pages are managed from, initially appearing on Pages with a large US audience.”
Furthermore, Facebook states it will introduce similar features to subsidiary Instagram. All of these changes apply to accounts with “large audiences” in the United States. The company did not provide details what number it considers constitutes a “large audience.”
But, the social site does say it will begin to enforce the changes during this month to help prevent the spread of fake news:
“Our goal is to prevent organizations and individuals from creating accounts that mislead people about who they are or what they’re doing. These updates are part of our continued efforts to increase authenticity and transparency of Pages on our platform.”
Read the entire announcement here.