Facebook Daddy Issue
February 2, 2010 8:36 AM Subscribe
My estranged father has made a fake Facebook profile under my brother's name. We reported it to Facebook in November and it's still there. What is their process for verifying reports, and how long should it take to remove it?
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (13 answers total)
In November, my estranged father (let's call him George Smith) contacted me via e-mail. He mentioned that he was writing from a throwaway e-mail account. On a whim, I searched for the address in Facebook and found a profile with my brother's name (we'll call him Aaron Smith). My brother already has his own Facebook account, and is also not in contact with our father. Both my he and I contacted Facebook in November to report the profile.
Almost three months later, the profile is still there. There is no publicly-viewable information in it, but my suspicion is that he is using it to add my brother's actual friends as his friends, to gather information about him.
How does Facebook follow-up with reports like this? Would they just contact the fradulent account owner and ask, "Hey, are you really Aaron Smith?" And then George Smith would write back and say, "Sure I'm Aaron Smith, here's my birthdate/other identifying info." How can they really confirm it's a false account, besides the testimony of the people who report it?
Should we re-report (I don't want to bog down the system with duplicate reports, though), contact another place, or just be patient?
My own throwaway e-mail: FBDaddyIssue@gmail.com