As usual, Facebook came under intense scrutiny this year for the ways in which it did (or did not) protect users’ accounts. However, the company promised to do better in 2021, announcing that its Facebook Protect feature — previously only offered to politicians — will now be available to a broader array of people. Additionally, Facebook said that it has made improvements to stop back actors from hacking accounts or creating fake ones to spread misinformation.
“Our thesis is that you have to protect accounts because every compromised asset can become a tool that is used by bad actors for greater harm — much greater — afterwards, in addition to causing immediate harm to people,” Facebook’s head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher told Axios.
Gleicher also encouraged users with “high-profile” accounts like journalists, human rights advocates and activists to use Facebook Protect, noting that they are particularly attractive targets for cybercriminals.
“Bad actors are trying to target social media assets of prominent voices. Just because you’re not a CEO or a political candidate doesn’t mean you’re not a prominent person in your field and a target,” he continued.
While these changes are all well and good for notable people, it would be nice if Facebook could find a way to improve security measures for everyday users, too.
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