Tug-ani, the official student publication of UP Cebu, reported that they noticed duplicate accounts of activists arrested during an Anti-Terrorism Bill protest last Friday, June 5.
The fake accounts are not limited to UP students and alumni though. Other Facebook users from the Philippines have also reported similar cases. Several users speculated that the surge of fake Facebook accounts is common to users that are against the “Anti-Terrorism” Bill.
The UP Office of the Student Regent cautioned Facebook users to not panic and report suspicious accounts instead. These fake accounts are suspected to cause harm or spread false information. It would be best if we all stay informed and vigilant.
The Student Regent added that they are hoping that this is a glitch in the system only and can be resolved as soon as possible.
Fortunately, accounts pretending to be someone or someone who doesn’t exist can be reported on Facebook.
How to report a fake Facebook account?
A fake account is an account where someone is pretending to be something or someone that doesn’t exist. Fake accounts can include accounts for fake or made up people, pets, celebrities or organizations. To report a fake account:
- Go to the profile of the fake account.
- If you can’t find it, try searching for the name used on the profile or asking your friends if they can send you a link to it.
- Click under the cover photo and select Find Support or Report Profile.
- Follow the on-screen instructions for fake accounts to file a report.
If an account is pretending to be you or someone you know, you can learn how to report it for impersonation.