by Madeline Laughs
Hi. I’m not sure if I know you but I’ve seen you mention this guy’s name right on this page, so I figured I would let you know that he’s using a new facebook profile. He’s going by the name of “Fake Profile” now.
Of course, I’ve changed the names to protect the innocent, but the message is otherwise intact.
I have a thing about fake Facebook profiles. I don’t like them. Besides the fact that they break Facebook rules, they are used for nothing more than mischief and mayhem. Facebook clearly states that fake profiles are a no-no!
Fake timelines created to imitate real people (impostor accounts) are not allowed on Facebook.
They even tell you this themselves. This is what you see when you report a fake Facebook profile. In fact, it is also covered under the first four rules in their Terms of Service that you agree to when you set up your account;
Registration and Account Security
Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:
- You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
- You will not create more than one personal account.
- If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.
I’ve reported a couple of fake profiles myself and I can tell you that nothing ever happens to them. They remain on Facebook, active as the day they were created. You can report a fake profile until you’re blue in the face and nothing will ever change. There are millions of fake profiles on Facebook and it’s more than they have the manpower to deal with. I can’t even imagine the number of reports they get on a daily basis.
How do you deal with a fake Facebook profile if no one in their home office will take your word and delete their access? What difference will it make if the fake profile is deleted, only to have them create another fake profile in a matter of minutes?
The best way to deal with a fake Facebook profile is to report it and then to promptly block it. Never acknowledge it. Don’t interact with it. Deny it the pleasure of screwing with your head by simply pretending it doesn’t exist. It’s the only way they’ll learn that breaking this rule and perpetuating a lie never gets them what they want…attention from you.
- Carolyn Everson Discusses Facebook’s Efforts To Stamp Out Fake Profiles, Accounts (allfacebook.com)
- How Facebook Is Hunting Down And Deleting Fake Accounts (FB) (ibtimes.com)
- Is Google+ Really That Controversial? (blogs.wsj.com)
- Fakebook Gallery – A Gallery of Fake Facebook Profiles for Historical Characters (freetech4teachers.com)