Malevolent forces are busy at work on Facebook.
I was informed by my niece yesterday about a fake “Ellen Tordesillas” Facebook account.
I checked it out and there it was: just my name. No photo, no post.
I have reported it to Facebook and they said they are investigating it because my account is just one of the victims. I learned that FB accounts of Al Jazeera reporter Jamela Alindogan and CGTN
reporter Barnaby Lo, Maria Ressa and other Rappler reporters have also been targeted.
Fake accounts have also been created under the name of Mom Blogger Noemi L. Dado and her husband, as well as for activist Marian Roces.
The University of the Philippines has come out with the following public advisory:
“The University of the Philippines System has received reports that fake or dummy Facebook accounts have been created for UP students, officials, and alumni. We urge the members of the UP community to check their names and accounts and to make the proper report to the Data Protection Officer of Facebook.
“Rest assured that the UP System Data Protection Officer has reached out to the Philippine National Privacy Commission to help students and alumni report fake or dummy accounts in their name to the DPO of Facebook.”
Here's how to report an account for impersonation:
A friend, whom I consider an expert on social media , said this is called “spoofing.”
I checked out Wikipedia’s entry on Spoof. Here’s what I got:
“Spoof, spoofs, spoofer, or spoofing may refer to: Forgery of goods or documents; Semen, in Australian slang; Spoof (game), a guessing game; Spoofing (finance), a disruptive algorithmic-trading tactic designed to manipulate markets.”
It has been observed that owners of most of those spoofed are known to be critical of the Duterte administration.
In this state of emergency environment and with the spectre of the Anti-Terror law looming large, the danger that these fake accounts present is staggering.
Let’s be alert!
Disclaimer: The views in this blog are those of the blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABS-CBN Corp.