Fake Facebook Profiles

by Madeline Laughs

briansullivan fake profile - CopyWe received a private message on our fanpage on Facebook the other day:

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:

  1. You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
  2. You will not create more than one personal account.
  3. 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.

About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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4 Responses to Fake Facebook Profiles

  1. OneHotMess says:

    Yup… Facebook will do nothing. Creating a fake Facebook profile is as easy as getting e new email address. I know that my stalker is on my page with a fake account…not sure who or what she claims to be, but she’s there. I don’t care anymore. Whatever I have to say is open to anyone…her included. I do not *get it* and probably never will, but I think you addressed that in your earlier post. 😉 Thank you!


    • Some people are just strange and Facebook gives them a place to be at their absolute worst. It’s a shame, but the best good folks can do is keep being good and move on. I’m proud of you for shrugging your stalker off. She doesn’t deserve your attention.


  2. Richard says:

    Some people work in fields where their patients/customers/others can start stalking them, or try to connect with them in such a way that it can be detrimental to their therapy, to the relationship or any other reasons. Some change their names because they were victims of something and need anonymity. There are many other reasons why people don’t have their real names on Facebook.

    Before jumping to a conclusion about a fake profile name, maybe you could ask that individual (privately would be best) why he feels the need for a fake profile name.

    Please take this into account in your opinion.



    • I actually do have an opinion about this Richard. When it comes to fake profiles there is a huge difference between someone playing around with their name and someone being completely nefarious about it. Professional people that do not wish to have their presence known on Facebook take a risk when they sign up that others will find them. But here’s the rub…even though someone finds their profile, they do not have to make anything public except their name and they do not have to interact or accept friend requests from people they do not wish to have a connection to. So your argument is invalid.

      No fake profiles Richard. None!


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