- Fake Facebook accounts using names of existing users have recently come to light in the country
- This alarmed many users of the said social media site and the National Privacy Commission as well
- To address the issue, NPC released a statement after receiving several reports about the alleged proliferation of fake accounts
- Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro said that NPC had immediately brought the reported incidents to Facebook’s attention
Dummy Facebook accounts using names of existing users have recently come to light which alarmed many users of the said social media site in the country.
To address the issue, National Privacy Commission released a statement after receiving several reports about the alleged proliferation of fake accounts.
“The National Privacy Commission is monitoring reports about the proliferation of alleged imposter FB accounts that have victimized Filipino data subjects,” Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro said in the statement.
“While the extent of these incidents [is] not yet fully determined at this time, we have been receiving reports from different sectors, mostly coming from academic institutions,” it reads.
The agency also assured that, “We immediately brought this to the attention of Facebook. According to Ms. Clare Amador, Facebook Representative in the Philippines, they are already investigating this particular matter as well as other information on unauthorized FB accounts.”
“Meanwhile, the Privacy Commissioner has instructed Facebook to report its significant findings as soon as it becomes available."
"To end, the National Privacy Commission urges all to report imposter Facebook accounts through www.facebook.com/help/report," it added.
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