Last night my sister-in-law messaged me to ask if I had set up a new facebook profile.
I hadn’t, but upon searching facebook I can see that someone has kindly taken a picture of Eliza from my blog and set up a profile in my name.
Being a blogger I know I share a lot of our lives over social media, however my own personal profile is locked down really tightly, so tightly in fact that I have friends unable to find me on it unless we have a mutual connection.
Surprisingly, I am also very careful about what information I share online even though I use the kids first names. I regularly check google to see if I can find my kids names on there and am relieved that they don’t come up……..the only Eliza with our surname I can find was born in 1824!
I have seen people pretending to be bloggers to obtain what they believe to be “freebies” and I have seen people set up pages as if they are that blogger, but never seen someone try to replicate a personal facebook page before.
I reported it straight away but found it frustrating that I could not put a reason why I was reporting it, other than that they were pretending to be me and this morning I received this reply:
Thanks for letting us know about something you think may go against our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment.
In this case, we reviewed the profile you reported and found that it doesn’t go against our Community Standards.
Note: If you see something on someone’s profile that shouldn’t be on Facebook, be sure to report the content (ex: a photo or video), not the entire profile. This will help us review your report more accurately.
For more information about our policies, please read the Facebook Community Standards:
The Facebook Team
Not helpful at all.
So now I have reported the page and the photo again in the hope they will take it down.
The question is, why would someone make up a personal facebook profile pretending to be me. Was the intent a malicious one or some bored and lonely person hoping to get some attention?
I am not going to share a link to the profile here, but if you are friends with me on facebook in real life, I would really appreciate it if you could report both the page and the photograph.
Has this ever happened to you?