Facebook does not allow fake profiles or federal agents
It seems that Facebook is taking very seriously the security of users and everything to do with creating fake profiles . After starting to take serious measures against this type of profiles, the social network now seems to be going “against” the US Drug Enforcement Agency for the use of fake profiles. The social network wants the DEA to know that it is not okay to create fake profile pages, even as part of investigations that may be underway.
The security director of Facebook, sent a letter to the DEA yesterday saying that the agency is obliged to follow the same rules of honesty in the social network as the rest of the users.
It all comes down to an operation in which the DEA apparently created a fake profile page for a suspect, Sondra Arquiett. After Arquiett’s arrest in 2010, an agent created the fake profile in order to communicate with the other suspects , probably in the hope of catching them saying something incriminating. Arquiett subsequently sued the DEA, and is seeking $250,000 in damages.
“Facebook has wanted to make it very clear that police authorities are subject to these policies,” said the head of security at Mark Zukenberg’s company, Joe Sullivan, according to the AP. “We consider the DEA’s conduct to be a fairly serious violation of the terms and policies.
False information is strictly forbidden on Facebook
In the case of the fake profiles, the blue company initially drew attention to many people who were using the names of their favorite characters on Facebook. The company later clarified its policy , stating that their intention is to get people using their social network to do so with their real names and not those of others.
On the other hand, we can see which are the community terms and conditions that the DEA agent had to acknowledge and accept when registering for an account, which expressly prohibit the creation and use of false accounts:
- Pretending to be someone else, creating a false presence for an organization, or creating multiple accounts undermines the community and violates the terms.
- You will not provide false personal information, or create an account for others without their permission.
- You will not post content or take any action that infringes or violates another person’s rights or otherwise violates the law.
- You will not use the social network for illegal, misleading, malicious or discriminatory acts.
As we can see from these statements posted on VentureBeat, Facebook has made it very clear that law enforcement authorities are bound by these policies , just as any other user is. This shows that from the most used social network in the world they take their job very seriously, and they are not willing to let go of even one of these situations, which can bring more problems than we imagine.
And you, do you think that the social network is doing well by applying this policy to agencies like the DEA, preventing them from carrying out their investigations through that system?