Facebook Might Start Locking User Accounts With Large Followings

Security is a big part of what makes social media trustworthy for a wide range of users, so it’s understandable that Facebook will be focusing on it quite a bit. People with large followings, such as political leaders and influencers on social media are often at greater risk of getting hacked because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing the hacker to gain access to all of these followers and gain unfair advantages.

Hence, in order to make this less of an issue Meta as part of its Facebook Protect program is sending users with large followings a warning that they have fifteen days to turn on the special Facebook Protect feature that provides an added layer of security. This is definitely something that can help these account holders due to the reason that it would make the chances that their account could be compromised a lot lower than might have otherwise ended up being the case.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Facebook’s messaging in this regard is somewhat severe. Users that fail to turn on Facebook Protect might just get locked out of their accounts, and while it is understandable that Facebook is doing this for their own good it also says a lot about the company that they refuse to acknowledge the agency of these individuals.

However, it should also be noted that this is something that can keep a lot of communities on Facebook safe. Hackers often target the admins of prominent groups in order to gain illicit access to these communities, and this can be a huge safety threat in a lot of different kinds of ways. Many have already signed up for Facebook Protect, and this will increase that number by a pretty huge margin as well all in all.

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