Pakistan wants to associate Facebook accounts with mobile numbers

By Muneeb Ahmad on
July 12, 2017
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Facebook has been asked by the Pakistani government to link all of its accounts with the user mobile numbers. The move is being recommended in order to spot and kill fake profiles.

Facebook’s Vice President for Global Public Policy, Joel Kaplan, is currently in Pakistan in order to discuss the ever increasing concerns about blasphemous content by the government of Pakistan. In order to tackle the issue and subside the increasing tension between the government of Pakistan and Facebook on censorship.

Pakistani government recommended Facebook to bring all the user accounts, current or new openings, in association with their mobile numbers. More discussion on the said regard happened as part of a session of the National Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication. The committee was briefing its Chairperson, Captain (Retd) Muhammad Safdar.

While briefing. the Secretary IT Rizwan Bashir focused on the significance of the said move stating that the move will best suit Pakistan for all the mobile numbers in Pakistan are biometrically being verified.

Also Read: Here’s how you can report fake Facebook profile to FIA Cyber Crime Center

Facebook has since long tackled the menace of fake profiles. The current signup procedures allow anybody to open their profiles through email address or the telephone numbers. So, the users who have made multiple email accounts have the possibility to open more than one Facebook profile. Facebook has been planning to kill this practice in order to cultivate a fair environment for all the users. The fake profiles have often been found involved in forging personal identities and other cyber related crimes.

Facebook currently has many active algorithms that keep detecting abnormal behaviors to point out the fake profiles. Abnormal patterns like repeated posting of one thing or a sudden increase in messaging activity are observed and used to identify the fake behaviors like as caused by bots.

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