As war broke out between Ukraine and Russia this week, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are advising users to lock their profiles as a safety precaution.
This will thwart any unknown people on the platform to download or check profiles in detail. Also, Twitter suggested tips on how to secure your account against potential hacks, while Facebook established a special team to monitor and help needed people.
Securing Social Media Profiles
As we all expected, Russia stormed into Ukraine and has been bombing everywhere. As the war intensifies with both the parties aggressively fighting, social media platforms came up with a few tips for those in there, to help them as per their side.
And this is by locking profiles and remaining vigilant. Facebook advised users in Ukraine to lock their profiles, which then activates additional privacy and security features. This one-click tool is so effective, says Meta’s Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher.
5/ Read more about it on our help center (available in English, Ukrainian and Russian based on your language setting): https://t.co/MW9EDRWWLr
— Nathaniel Gleicher (@ngleicher) February 24, 2022
He further said “When their profile is locked, people who aren’t their friends can’t download or share their profile photo or see posts on their timeline.”
This can be helpful, as Russia has a past of spreading disinformation based on the stolen profile data, and knowing more about targets who have an open profile. Once locked up, people who aren’t on your friends’ list cannot see download your pictures and see recent posts.
This is seriously helpful for those having a high risk of being targeted, like journalists or activists. Also, there’s a Special Operations Center set up for responding in real-time to those who need help. “It is staffed by experts (including native speakers) so we can closely monitor the situation and act as fast as possible,” said Gleicher.
When using Twitter in conflict zones or other high-risk areas, it’s important to be aware of how to control your account and digital information.
Every situation is different, so here are some things to consider:
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 24, 2022
Twitter, on the other hand, listed a bunch of tips on securing the accounts. This even includes deactivating the account too, if needed. All the tips are aimed at avoiding manipulation, and how to control your (users’) account and digital information. All these tips and guides are listed in connected tweets and posted in English, Ukrainian, and Russian languages.
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