Facebook Fake Profile Identification: Technical and Ethical Considerations

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Pourghomi, P., Dordevic, M. and Safieddine, F. 2019. Facebook Fake Profile Identification: Technical and Ethical Considerations. International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications. 16 (1), pp. 101-112.
AuthorsPourghomi, P., Dordevic, M. and Safieddine, F.
Abstract

March 2019, Facebook updated its security procedures requesting ID verification for people who wish to advertise or promote political posts of adverts. The announcement received little media coverage even though it is an interesting development in the battle against Fake News. This paper reviews the current literature on different approaches in the battle against the spread of fake news, including the use of computer algorithms, A.I, and introduction of ID checks.
Critical to the evaluation is consideration into ID checks as a means to combat the spread of Fake News. To understand the process and how it works, the team undertook a social experiment combined with reflective analysis to better understand the impact of ID check policies when combined with other standards policies of a typical platform.
The analysis identifies grave concerns. In a wider context, standardising such policy will leave political activists in countries vulnerable to reprisal from authoritarian regimes. Other impacts include people who use fake names to protect the identity of adopted children or to protect anonymity from abusive partners. The analysis also points to the fact that troll arms could bypass these checks rendering the use of ID checks less effective in the battle to combat fake news.
The analysis also points to the fact that troll arms could bypass these checks rendering the use of ID checks less effective in the battle to combat fake news.

JournalInternational Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications
Journal citation16 (1), pp. 101-112
ISSN1742-7371
Year2019
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/IJPCC-06-2019-0049
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Deposited17 Dec 2019
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