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Homeland Security won’t be able to use reported fake accounts, says Facebook

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September 5, 2019

During Facebook Inc.’s continuing crackdown on fake accounts, its latest victim is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The social media giant told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the department is no different from anyone else when it comes to violating its terms of service. The announcement follows news that Citizenship and Immigration Services had given its officers permission to create bogus accounts to monitor foreigners trying to enter the U.S.

“Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook and we make this policy clear,” a Facebook spokeswoman told the Associated Press in a statement. “Operating fake accounts is not allowed, and we will act on any violating accounts.”

That spokesperson said Facebook had been in contact with the DHS and relayed the information that any fake accounts used by officers will be taken down, once they are reported.

Last week it was revealed that in the past law enforcement did not have the right to create fake accounts, but that policy had been reversed of late in the interest of security. That came after a move by the Trump administration in June to require visa applicants to submit their social media account names. Officers could only view public information, though, and not “friend” or “follow” someone.

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This article was posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 4:03 am

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