It’s not unusual to publish personal information across the Internet. In fact, it’s become so socially acceptable that people often overlook the scare factors associated with it.
Recently, Facebook admitted to having 83 million fake accounts. Some of these accounts were created to gather personal information for advertising purposes but some were created for stalking. Think about it, anyone with an e-mail account can create a profile on Facebook. If a stalker wanted to spy on someone, then he or she would simply need to make a connection with the target by pretending to have similar interests such as a group or a page.
Bianca Bosker is one of the people who reported a fake account to Facebook. She said she received a friend request from herself. Someone duplicated her profile including matching cover photos, likes, pages, school and work information. The profile picture on the account was a Google image of Bianca. Shortly after reporting the fake profile to Facebook , it was taken down. With that being said, it happened to Bianca again.
“Ten minutes after Bianca disappeared, I received another friend request: this time, from Bienca Boskar, a stockphoto brunette who had subscribed to my updates and, once again, swiped my cover photo,” said Bosker.
The reason behind the fake profile creations was never determined. It could have been a crazy ex or a number of other people wanting to discover private communications between Bianca and her friends by pretending to be her.
Facebook says it considers a duplicate profile as “an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account.”
It said profiles were “user-misclassified” if “users have created personal profiles for a business, organization, or non-human entity such as a pet”.
This is a bit odd because it seems like duplicate accounts are not being monitored if they are actual human names like the fake Bianca Bonker profiles.