Facebook is testing a way to give its users more profiles per account, ostensibly to give users more ways to share posts and follow content on the platform.
Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Meta (Facebook’s parent company) would start experimenting with allowing some Facebook users to generate up to four other profiles in addition to their main account profile.
That’s right: the experimental feature will allow users to have multiple profiles linked to one main account and these additional profiles don’t need to have real names. Additionally, each profile should have its own separate feed. However, while each profile has its own feed, Bloomberg says only one profile “will be able to comment on or like another post.”
Interestingly, Bloomberg also reports that since all of a user’s profiles are always subject to Facebook’s rules, and they are all logged into a primary Facebook account, then “policy violations on one profile will affect others.” And TechCrunch Reports that repeated violations committed with an additional profile may result in the removal of the offending additional profile as well as all other connected profiles, which may include master accounts. So it seems that while this feature may offer more ways to log into Facebook, it could also come with more opportunities to lose access to those profiles.
But besides creating a Finsta-like Facebook profile, what could these additional profiles be used for? According to reports from TechCrunch, it has been suggested that these additional profiles could be organized to focus on specific interests or hobbies. As in, each individual profile would be created to focus on a specific topic like music or food.
Digital Trends also contacted Meta regarding this experimental feature and received a response. In the response, a spokesperson for the Meta company confirmed the existence of the feature and its testing:
“To help people personalize their experience based on their interests and connections, we’re testing a way for people to have more than one profile linked to a single Facebook account. Anyone who uses Facebook should continue to follow our rules. .
The multiple profiles feature should make it fairly easy for users to switch between profiles. It should also be noted that those who choose to use this feature are still not allowed to use their additional profiles to impersonate others. Although you can choose any name for these profiles, these names are still subject to Facebook’s rules, which means that they cannot contain special characters or numbers, and must be unique names. .
Finally, if you plan on doing things like running a Facebook Page or using Facebook Dating, just know that you can’t use your additional profiles for those. You will need your main account profile for these features.