Advisory: False Facebook Accounts Abound

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Reports abound today, June 7, 2020, of fake, false or dummy Facebook accounts created using the names of students, alumni and others of various academic institutions.

To be sure, we encourage everyone in the UE community to check their Facebook names and accounts, and to make the proper report to the Data Protection Officer of Facebook.

UE’s data protection officers will be reaching out to the Philippine National Privacy Commission to help affected students, alumni and others to report fake or dummy accounts in their name to the DPO of Facebook.

Per Facebook, accounts pretending to be someone you know or someone who doesn’t exist can be reported. Here are the steps:

1. Search for the fake account. If you cannot find it, search for the name used on the profile or ask your friends to send you a link to it.

2. Click on the ellipsis or three dots under the (most likely blank) cover photo and select Find Support or Report Profile.

3. Follow the on-screen instructions for fake accounts to file a report. In case you see the Facebook message that reads: “[Your name,] we can’t prioritize all reports right now. We have fewer people available to review reports because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We’re trying hard to prioritize content with the most potential for harm. Thanks for helping to keep Facebook safe for everyone,” click on the “Continue anyway” button.

4. In the succeeding page, click on the box at the end of “I believe that this goes against Facebook’s Community Standards”.

Further details in Facebook’s help center on how to report an account for impersonation:
https://www.facebook.com/help/1216349518398524?helpref=hc_global_nav

Thank you and keep safe, Warriors.

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