Facebook plans to make two-factor authentication mandatory for some people in the new era.
Facebook has published a new blog post through Meta’s official blog page. The company said it would make two-factor verification (2FA) mandatory on some accounts it categorises as high risk in the new period. This will prevent security threats.
Facebook Protect project expands
The company recently announced its project, Facebook Protect, and has now decided to expand its scope. Facebook aims to change social media habits in the coming period with its Meta project; it will make it mandatory to apply two-factor verification specifically to at-risk individuals such as journalists, politicians, government officials and human rights defenders.
Facebook’s new security program will increase its availability by making security features such as two-factor authentication simpler. This new system will make it easier to detect potential hackers and cyber threats, and will introduce extra security measures for both pages and groups and accounts.
Facebook Protect, which was first tried as a pilot application in certain states of the United States, was used to prevent the distribution of misinformation and to prevent abuse with the U.S. Presidential Election in 2020.
The new app has now been launched for a total of 1.5 million accounts, according to Meta. Implemented in more than 50 countries, such as India and Portugal, following the US elections, it will serve many more countries by the end of 2022.
Of the 1.5 million accounts transferred to the new security system, almost 950,000 have activated two-factor verification, according to figures shared by Facebook.
The company said all accounts that do not commission the 2FA feature carry risks and may be made mandatory for everyone in the future. However, accounts of high-risk individuals such as journalists and politicians will be temporarily locked out. These accounts will not be deleted, but they will not be able to access their accounts until they are switched to two-factor verification.