Facebook is locking users who did not activate Facebook Protect

Reportedly, Facebook is locking out some users who were required to activate Facebook Protect with two-factor authentication by the March 17 deadline. “Turn on Facebook Protect to unlock your acount,” says the notification received by these users. “Account locked on March 17, 2022. We’ve taken this precaution to keep your account secure while you enable additional security measures,” adds the notification.

What is Facebook protect?

Facebook Protect is a security program for groups of people that are more likely to be targeted by malicious hackers, like human rights defenders, journalists, and government officials. These people are at the center of critical communities for public debate. They enable democratic elections, hold governments and organizations accountable, and defend human rights around the world.

This, unfortunately also means that they are highly targeted by bad actors.

Facebook Protect helps these users to adopt stronger account security protections, such as two-factor authentication, and monitors for potential hacking threats. According to Facebook, two factor authentication particularly by using third-party authentication apps – significantly improves the security of users’ online accounts.

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