Social media has been a great channel to communicate and interact with each other around the world. It is one of the lowest costs, and the most convenient network for users. However, beside all the advantages it has other disadvantages such as identity deception. There are over 2.38 billion Facebook, 326 million Twitter, over 1 billion Instagram, and many other social network users’ active user per month around the world.
This is a huge number and how many accounts are given owner’s real identity, and how many accounts have been verified by a trusted organization or group of people. Moreover, many accounts that have same name or profile picture, and users may have a hard time to find the right person. Because of this issue users are more exposed to all kinds of abuse on Social Media Platforms (SMPs).
Deceptive accounts are created by humans or bots in order to use them to defame someone’s personality or conduct online bullying. For example, a paedophile in Cape Town was found guilty of 148 sex crime, and most of the victims are children age between 12 to 16 via fake Facebook profile. In 2017, Facebook has disabled over 1.3 million fake profile because this problem has become too big to avoid.
An identity deception detection on SMPs is must have, and it will play a big role in assisting law enforcement. SMPs users should be cautious when interacting with stranger and pay more attention to their details to make sure you are protected. These are some of the identity characteristics users should know: the friend, follower, type of profile and background images, geo-location, languages.