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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Facebook Impersonator Update

     Well, it seems that my Facebook impersonator page has been taken down. Even my post about the impersonator on my personal, private FB page was taken down, which I thought was a bit strange. What exactly is going on with FB? Don't you think we, the public, give them too much power, too much information,  and too much of our time? 
     Anyway, I didn't mention it in my last post, but before posting my notice, I did report the page as some of my readers suggested (selecting the "impersonating" standard option). Thanks for the support and help by the way.
     Wow! Does this happen so much at FB that they have a standard option for impersonation? I mean, it is the second choice one can make while reporting a page!
     I still don't know who it was, but I'd like to know. It wasn't so much that he or she wrote anything bad in my name or was doing mischief with my name, but rather, he or she never disclosed that it wasn't me. Nor did he or she try to ask me permission to take create such a page. Moreover, what concerns me is that I don't think people realize that this is criminal (just like illegally downloading music!). 


Here's a definition:

Criminal impersonation is a crime that is governed by states laws, which vary by state. It may involve, among other acts:
(1) assuming a false identity with the intent to defraud another; (2) pretending to be a representative of another person or organization; or (3) opening a bank account or securing credit in the name of another person without the other person's consent.
The following is an example of a state statute dealing with criminal impersonation:
(1) A person commits criminal impersonation if he knowingly assumes a false or fictitious identity or capacity, and in such identity or capacity he: (d) Does an act which if done by the person falsely impersonated, might subject such person to an action or special proceeding, civil or criminal, or to liability, charge, forfeiture, or penalty; or (e) Does any other act with intent to unlawfully gain a benefit for himself or another or to injure or defraud another.

Thanks for reading. Stay safe.

5 comments:

Alaythea said...

I agree, I sometimes hesitate to be "friends" on FB with famous people because I'm never really sure it's them. It's so easy to get photos an enough info online to make it seem legit. I'm glad you got the page taken down. But I don't understand why your post was removed from your own page. I guess FB doesn't want to get a "bad name" about how they handle things!

Maria said...

Glad the FB issue is resolved. I even had someone impersonating my company on FB and was able to have them removed quite quickly. It's strange to see people signing up thinking it's you and it's not. I would think the same person posted Greg's page because they all popped up at the same time. I wouldn't think that Greg would create a FB fan page :) If it was me I would have posted more of my pics haha. Take care enjoy the creating the new album. The DVD will be a good filler until the next tour.

Melanie said...

Crazy. I don't really understand why someone does that sort of thing. They crave attention? It's weird. Glad you were able to straighten it out.

Quiet Entertainer said...

Y'all shouldn't eff with a lawyer!

Josue Calderon said...

I guess sometimes Imitation CAN be More Than just Flattery.


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