Facebook and Fake Names
by Bill Rounds
How to Vanish
by Bill Rounds:
Are Your Phone Conversations Recorded?
Happens If You Use A Fake Name On Google+ Or Facebook?
Social networking is just a part of what humans do, so the fact
that people use online social networks like Facebook and Google+
is no surprise. They are powerful tools for social
change, business opportunities and developing strong relationships
with friends and family.
are nervous about providing their personal information to social
networking sites, and with good
reason. Social networking sites sell
your information to the highest bidder. They make billions of
dollars from the information that we give them for free. That information
allows repressive governments to easily target undesirables, it
could damage a career, or just plain cause
Protect Personal Information On Social Networking Sites
the power of social networking while protecting personal information,
some people use fake information in their profiles. There are lots
of reasons people provide fake info. Everything from using a fake
birthday or city, to using a fake profile picture or name are used
by people who fear stalkers, by Egyptian revolutionaries, and by
average people to protect their privacy. Only the most dedicated
snoops can glean good information from a false trail.
users provide their real names and information, and we need your
help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to
us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your
1. You will
not provide any false personal information on Facebook
2. You will
not create more than one personal profile.
7. You will
keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
help fight spam and prevent fake profiles, use the name your friends,
family or co-workers usually call you.
Using Fake Information In Social Networking Profiles
that the offending account could be shut down if discovered. Facebook
doesnt sue people for providing fake information and the cops
wont arrest people for using a drawing of a dog as their profile
that a social networking site will discover fake information is
currently low. Many people use stage names, pen names, pseudonyms
and nicknames every day. It is perfectly legal to use those alternate
identities in many ways. Those names do not have to be the same
as the one on a birth certificate and they can often be far more
unique than what is found on a birth certificate. This makes it
difficult for sites to tell what information is real
or fake, as Google+ recently found out.
pretend you are someone else, dont use another persons
real information and dont commit fraud. That should be easy
enough for you to avoid.
There are few
alternatives to the information diarrhea on Facebook and Google+.
is a potentially promising alternative but it is a long way from
providing the value that Facebook does. Until Diaspora or some other
alternative becomes viable, be
careful the information you use to create your social networking
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Rounds, J.D. is a California attorney. He holds a degree in Accounting
from the University of Utah and a law degree from California
Western School of Law. He practices civil litigation, domestic
and foreign business entity formation and transactions, criminal
defense and privacy law. He is a strong advocate of personal and
financial freedom and civil liberties.
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