Removing fake FB profile?
July 8, 2011 3:36 PM Subscribe
My father is a relatively well-known public figure. Someone has created a fake Facebook profile in his name. It's pretty much impossible to contact FB directly to complain. Suggestions?
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My dad is a government official, he works in a rather dangerous country, and he's pretty controversial in the public media there. (As in: security is a big deal for him.) He doesn't use any social media sites, although much of his biographical info is available online. Someone created a FB profile in his name -- not a "public figure" page or an organization/concept/band/etc. page, but a regular old personal profile -- and has been sending friend requests to my family and friends. Some of whom, despite email warnings against it, have accepted.
FB has a "report fake profile" section in their "report abuse" interface. However when I do that I have to select between:
- impersonating me - clearly not the case
- impersonating a friend - okay, but then I'm supposed to select the impersonated party from my list of FB friends, and he's not on FB
- impersonating a public figure - okay, but then I'm supposed to choose from a list of public figures, and he's not on it.
I've actually tried all of these options anyway, but other than automated email responses, nothing's happening. I also sent a bug report in explaining that the impersonation didn't fall into the three categories in their abuse reporting interface. (Also nothing.) FB has no phone number, no email address, so not sure what else can be done.
Nothing on the profile now is harassing or even wrong -- it's all bio info culled from elsewhere on the web -- but I don't like the idea of someone getting information on the friends and family members who accepted the friend request. And yeah, at the end of the day, it's fake!