Meta-owned social media platform, Facebook has started testing multiple profile support for its users. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it will allow up to five different profiles on a single Facebook account.
According to the statement provided to the website, the feature will allow users to create different profiles for specific purposes such as different groups, people and more. For instance, they can keep dedicated feeds for their friends and business people on the platform or different profiles for friends, family and coworkers.
The test is currently being done with select Facebook users and those who are part of the multiple profiles test can easily switch between the profiles in just a few taps.
Facebook spokesperson Leonard Lam told TechCrunch in an email, “To help people tailor their experience based on interests and relationships, we’re testing a way for people to have more than one profile tied to a single Facebook account.”
The report also mentions that users are not required to use their real name as the profile name. They are allowed to choose the name and username of their choice. However, the profile name or username needs to be unique and does not include any special characters or number.
However, Facebook has clarified that the original profile, the one other profiles will be a part of, must have the original name.
Facebook has further mentioned that users need to abide by rules and that multiple profiles will also be a part of Facebook’s policy. The company has mentioned that users can’t impersonate the identities of other people in their sub-profiles. Users who will be found violating the rules or policy on any of the sub-profiles, the main Facebook account will also get affected.
Facebook has also mentioned that their system will identify the violators and necessary actions will be taken which includes removal of the additional profile or all profiles including the main account.
There are a few things that will be available only via the main profile. Things like creating or managing a page or Facebook Dating can only be accessed by the users’ main profile.
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