Philippines National Privacy Commission addresses issue of fake Facebook accounts

It has come to light that several blank and duplicate Facebook accounts using names of existing accounts have been newly created. The National Privacy Commission has addressed the issue in a recently released statement.

(How to report fake accounts and everything you can do to have them taken down)

“The National Privacy Commission is monitoring reports about the proliferation of alleged imposter FB accounts that have victimized Filipino data subjects,” the statement begins.

It continues: “While the extent of these incidents [is] not yet fully determined at this time, we have been receiving reports from different sectors, mostly coming from academic institutions.”

“We immediately brought this to the attention of Facebook,” the statement assures. “According to Ms. Clare Amador, Facebook Representative in the Philippines, they are already investigating this particular matter as well as other information on unauthorized FB accounts.”

“Meanwhile, the Privacy Commissioner has instructed Facebook to report[s] its significant findings as soon as it becomes available.”

To end, the National Privacy Commission urges all to report imposter Facebook accounts through www.facebook.com/help/report.

Alternately, you may report accounts by going to their profile, clicking the three dots on the cover photo, and selecting “Find Support or Report Profile.” Choose either the “Pretending To Be Someone” or the “Fake Account” option. Lastly, report it as “against Community Standards.”

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