People With the Same Names Are Teaming Up to Report Fake Profiles
On Sunday, hundreds (possibly thousands even) of people noticed that fake accounts were being created under their names on different social sites, including Facebook and Instagram.
Fake accounts aren't, by any means, a new thing. But, this recent surge in fake accounts is noticeably more organized with a clear intent to target those speaking out over the Anti-Terrorism Bill. Facebook has even issued a statement on the duplicate profiles:
We understand the concerns raised by our community in the Philippines. We're investigating reports of suspicious activity on our platform and taking action on any accounts that we find to be in violation of our policies. We encourage people to continue reporting any accounts they believe may be inauthentic.
While Facebook investigates the situation, it's clear the only course of action right now is to report the duplicate accounts. It's easier said than done, however, as some people report to having more than 10 fake accounts with the same name.
A Twitter user has made the whole process a little bit easier after finding out he has 47 duplicate accounts by teaming up with his other fellow name sharers. He tweeted, "We fight as one. Into The Raphael Miguel-verse. #reversecard" And honestly, the teamwork is kind of touching.
"Raphael Miguel is talking to Raphael Miguel while he is talking to Raphael Miguel." Trippy.
Others are following suit by also messaging real fellow name sharers to defeat the fakes.
Take that, dummy accounts!