If you didn’t already know, Facebook has been under fire lately. The company basically betrayed its users by allowing a political data firm to access user data a couple years ago. Well if that wasn’t enough, Facebook is now dealing with a new issue; fake profiles.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a new issue. Fake profiles have been around since the dawn of social media. And while various platforms have adopted forms of verification for certain celebrities or public figures, some of the unverified fakes are quite convincing.
According to TheNextWeb, this is the problem that Ethereum creator, Vitalik Buterin, is dealing with. It seems there are a couple of fake profiles impersonating the cryptocurrency figure. He’s reported the problem before on both Facebook and Instagram services, but the profiles remain. Buterin is now urging users on Twitter to report the pages, as he does not have official accounts on either service.
I think it’s some social media platform that people use to make scam accounts impersonating crypto personalities to pump crappy ICOs.
— Vitalik “Not giving away ETH” Buterin (@VitalikButerin) March 24, 2018
Over 5 days and that https://t.co/fjn73K0tQc account has still not been removed. Shame on you, @facebook. BTW, can someone who has not yet deleted their instagram account please report https://t.co/CgxMmjAsLU ? I HAVE NO SOCIAL MEDIA EXCEPT REDDIT AND TWITTER. https://t.co/SRIE6S8kkx
— Vitalik “Not giving away ETH” Buterin (@VitalikButerin) March 30, 2018
It seems that his efforts have been fruitless, as the profiles still remain. Buterin even took to Twitter to reprimand the social network for failing to act on this matter. He’s already dealing with some fake Twitter accounts scamming users out of their ETH, the cryptocurrency that he created. The problem even got to the point of Buterin changing his Twitter name to “Vitalik “Not giving away ETH” Buterin”.
The problem bleeds over from Facebook’s recent backlash over privacy concerns. The recent #deletefacebook movement was prompted due to questionable practices recently came out into the open, involving the political data firm Cambridge Analytica. It’s been reported that the company, which aided in the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, was able to gain private user data to. The data was supposedly used to build profiles for American voters to aid in Trump’s campaign.
Buterin’s first tweet above was in response to Elon Musk’s “What’s Facebook?” tweet, which eventually led the Tesla CEO to take down the Facebook accounts of his various companies. A number of celebrities and public figures have made similar moves in response to the recent data breach.
These are dark days for the social media giant. Scam accounts and data breaches have the company in a tight spot in the eyes of the public.