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Facebook grants green tick to fake Elon Musk account


A fake Elon Musk fanpage is verified by Facebook as the official account. This page posts user’s Bitcoin scam.

The Verge reported that Facebook mistakenly verified a fake Elon Musk page as the official account of the American billionaire. The above fanpage posted an article with Bitcoin scam content from users. This goes against Facebook’s statement about its efforts to verify suspiciously popular accounts.

The “green tick” Facebook page in the name of Elon Musk with the link www.facebook.com/ElonMuskoffic has about 155,000 followers. In the introduction, the account does not claim to be a Tesla boss. “This is a fan page that publishes Elon Musk’s tweets,” the site’s manager describes himself.

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Elon Musk’s green-tick fanpage posted a post tricking users into sending Bitcoins.

Engadget assumed that the part of the page URL ended with “ElonMuskoffic” to fake the official page. In the Page Transparency section, the fanpage managers are said to be from Egypt, instead of the US, where Elon Musk is living.

The fake Elon Musk account currently has about 11 posts with content copied from the Tesla boss’s tweets. In the most recent post, the above fanpage urged users to send Bitcoins to their wallet addresses to receive double back. This is a familiar cryptocurrency scam. As of 10 am on 2/11, the above post has been deleted.

According to information from the Page Transparency section, this fanpage was created on July 28, 2019 to represent Kizito Gavin, a Ugandan player born in 2002. The page was renamed 6 times in 2021. Name Elon Musk Officially released on October 17th.

In addition, on the largest social network on the planet, there is another verified Elon Musk page. Fanpage has about 14,000 followers, appeared on March 27 and is managed in Egypt.

It is not clear when these sites will receive the “green tick”. Facebook’s verification rules say the company has “confirmed that the Page or profile is the genuine presence of a public figure or representative account brand”. To be verified on Facebook, users must fill out a form that provides official identification such as identification or an organization item.

Authenticity verification is a challenge for major social media platforms. Twitter has struggled with the problem for years. The platform’s verification program had to be paused since 2017 and restarted this year. However, in July, Twitter said it had mistakenly verified a small number of fake accounts.

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