Students, alumni, and faculty of various schools are currently raising alarm over fake and duplicate social media accounts that have reportedly surfaced on Facebook.
It was UP Cebu’s official student publication, Tug-ani, that warned the public of these fake accounts after they discovered accounts created under the names of its arrested activists from the Anti-Terrorism Bill protest last Friday, June 5.
Eventually, students and even alumni from not just other UP campuses but also from other universities discovered duplicate accounts under their names as well. The profiles seemed freshly made and have no display photos, posts, or friends.
“Following protests in UP campuses and threats to our students, there are now multiple reports of empty, duplicate, and fake accounts bearing the names of UP students. We express our utmost alarm since these accounts are suspected to cause harm or spread false information. It would be best if we all stay informed and vigilant,” the UP Office of the Student Regent announced on Facebook.
“We are encouraging students NOT to panic and instead help each other in reporting SUSPICIOUS accounts ONLY. We just need to stand together against possible tactics seeking to silence our voice. Stay safe everyone!”
Many victims then shared links of duplicate accounts under the post to ask for help to report them.
If you think an account is posing as you, simply go to their profile, click the three dots on the cover photo, and click “Find Support or Report Profile.” Choose the “Pretending to be someone” option and provide the real account it is posing as, whether it’s you or your friend. Lastly, report it as “against Community Standards.”
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