NPC baffled by proliferation of Facebook dummy accounts

Published June 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By MB Online

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Tuesday said the sudden proliferation of dummy accounts in Facebook is “very unusual” in the experience of the commission.

“Sa karanasan ng NPC, unusual ‘to. ‘Yung mga impostor account, dummy account, ‘yan ay bahagi na ng buhay sa loob ng Facebook. Pero ‘yung ganitong bugso ng mga reports, very unusual,” NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro said in an interview with Unang Hirit.

“Kapag may mga fake o hindi awtorisadong mga accounts na lumalabas sa social media, may panganib na magagamit ‘yan na hindi awtorisado,” he added.

Liboro, meanwhile, said the NPC has not encountered a case where a fake account was used to plant evidence against a person yet. “Kung gagamitin ito, tatamnan ng ebidensya, wala pa tayong nakikitang ganung kaso,” he said.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) earlier said the surge of the fake accounts in Facebook may only be due to some glitch.

“We are waiting noh ng findings din ng Facebook because sila rin mismo iniimbestigahan ito. It has become a global issue para din sa Facebook. So involved ang mga technicians ng Facebook mula America and Ireland,” he said.

The NPC commissioner advised users to take advantage and to be aware of the privacy features of Facebook for their safety.

Liboro said perpetrators behind the proliferation of fake accounts can be traced and held accountable.

 
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