How to report a fake Facebook account

Rowegie Abanto, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2020 02:53 PM

MANILA - Following a string of protests for the scrapping of the controversial anti-terrorism bill, many university students and alumni reported Sunday that suspicious Facebook accounts were created bearing their names, prompting some school officials to reach out to the privacy commission to address the issue.

According to Facebook's Community Standards, "[c]reating a profile assuming the persona of or speaking for another person or entity" is against its policy, so one may report these profiles for pretending to be someone else.

Due to limited reviewers that can accommodate requests because of the coronavirus pandemic, expect that Facebook cannot reply immediately.

But here's how one can report those fake accounts:

1. Go to the profile page of the account you want to report. Click the three dots (...) and select "Find support or Report Profile."

2. Select "Pretending to be Someone" if the profile you are reporting is either you, your Facebook friend, or a celebrity. 
You may also select "Fake Account." 

3. Facebook will require you to enter the name of your friend who you claim is a victim of an impostor. Type the name of your friend and proceed.

4. Facebook will ask if the profile you are reporting is against its Community Standards. Click the box and report.

5. Wait for Facebook's reply under your Support Inbox or wait for a notification.

It is still unknown if the suspicious accounts that surfaced Sunday were caused by an internal glitch or deliberately created by a group of people.