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Fake Accounts, Wrong Information, Where to go?

  Social Media has brought great revolution in digital world. Information that reaches us through electronic media is often filtered. Hence, preference of social media by educated masses is inevitable. The transition has forced almost every other organization to create Facebook and Twitter accounts to make their official information public. Even media wing of Pakistan Army...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 3, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 3, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Fake Accounts, Wrong Information, Where to go?

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Social Media has brought great revolution in digital world. Information that reaches us through electronic media is often filtered. Hence, preference of social media by educated masses is inevitable. The transition has forced almost every other organization to create Facebook and Twitter accounts to make their official information public. Even media wing of Pakistan Army (ISPR) uses twitter for any announcement or sharing it’s news.

Among all other social networking sites, Facebook is most popular surpassing the number of 1.59 billion active monthly users (MAU) and 1 billion registered accounts. Twitter stands second with 310 million monthly active users worldwide (MAU). Facebook-owned Instagram had 400 million active monthly users (MAU) till September 2015.

Be it 18 year old or 89 year old, everybody has an account. Interestingly, it is no difficult to make a fake account on facebook, so millions benefit from it for time pass, trolling or may be spying.

Troubling fact here is not an individual’s fake account but organizations’. Hundreds of Unofficial Facebook Pages of different organizations and famous personalities have been created spreading false information about them, which can prove lethal for the goodwill of the organization or reputation of the individual.

A lot of times wrong and partial information is shared on these pages to mislead public, which in itself is unethical. A lot of articles are shared without giving credits to the original writers.

Recently one unofficial page of one Law Enforcement Agency was being operated spreading different sorts of official and unofficial partial information. Page was closed down when that particular LEA’s head took notice, as claimed by the admin who ran the page. The page would also upload photographs of crime scenes, which were not supposed to be shared.

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Pakistan is the country where emergence of internet is not more than 2 decades old and number of internet users is increasing each passing day. According to National Response center for cyber crime(NR3C) about 10 to 16% of country’s overall population uses internet and in every 3 seconds someone loses the identity.

Rus Wamer, Vice President Marketing at Converus, in 2014 stated in his blog that”Facebook estimates around 5.5% to 11.2% users of Facebook are imposters.

Cyber Crime wing of Federal Investigation Agency(FIA) time to time claimed to have arrested fraudulent imposer social media account holders for harassing the girls,and cheating on the people on social websites of sales and purchase.

TV anchor, Mr. Sikander Baloch, while talking on matter said that “Our cyber crime wing is not yet strong as it should have been, fake accounts and pictures of others and blackmailing innocents girls have been reported time to time, but only  in the recent past couple of men have been arrested arrested by FIA. In other countries, it’s a big crime. “Strict actions against those committing such crimes will help better the situation”, said Baloch.

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Today, when digital world has made easy access to information possible, it has also raised a lot of questions over the credibility of information provided. We must be very careful before drawing any conclusion on the basis of information provided by unofficial pages. Where as  social media owners of different sites need to take precautionary measures to enhance cyber security to stop formation of unofficial accounts, pages.

Also, public should use extra security features such as login alert, blocking the profile from search engines and controlling who can see their activities and who can contact them on Facebook. suggests NR3C. Remember, security comes first, digital or otherwise.

 

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