Who’s who on Facebook?
A good friend of mine doesn’t have a Facebook profile –
and I’ve always wondered why. Ok, so maybe it isn’t for everyone, and many
people still like to communicate by carrier pigeon – but I think even those who
don’t desire a Facebook profile should still set up and monitor one to manage
their social PR, as you can at least keep a watchful eye out so that no one
posts that bleary –eyed photo of you from the weekend, or is saying nasty
things about your mum.
Naturally, I considered creating a ‘fake’ profile for my friend,
just for a joke, and more as a well-meaning prompt to shock him into what can
be done if you are not a Facebooker. Having known each other since school I do
have the odd incriminating photo and more than a few funny stories. However,
having read an article this morning I’m having my doubts…
It appears that for the first time an individual is facing
a judge next month after authorities in Manitoba, Canada, charged a teen
with impersonating one of his teachers on the social networking site. It’s
quoted by Sgt. Koscielny of the Manitoba Police that the individual obtained and
displayed ‘enough information to some disadvantage to the teacher”. The page
contained the teachers name, personal details, and a photo.
The teacher contacted police days after the profile was created in
mid-April, and marks the first time a charge of personation has been filed
against a social network user.
Facebook has 70 million profiles, and one can only guess as to how many are
suspect. Numerous attempts at claiming to be a famous person cant all work out
to be true (how many Russell Brands’ can we really put up with?), and whilst this is a bit
of fun, there are those out there who may be doing so for malicious or
But where do we draw the line – or more importantly, where do the
authorities? Is it worth getting prosecuted for having a page dedicated to your
dog? (More a crime against taste, really). I think I’ll be recommending that my
friend creates his own profile, and I’ll be waiting with those incriminating images
to post on it…