Verified Facebook Page Impersonating Elon Musk Surfaces, Lures 70,000 Followers Before Being Pulled


A verified Facebook page posing as Elon Musk and had 70,000 followers has been removed from the social networking site. It was another incident just a month after a similar Facebook page impersonating the Tesla chief appeared online. The newly discovered fan page appears to have been created by cryptocurrency scammers after its recent post asked users to connect with the owner over direct messages for the unknown digital currency.

Cyber ​​security researcher Ehraz Ahmed discovered erroneously verified Facebook page of Elon Musk Last month. He told Gadgets 360 that he had originally found Musk’s previous Facebook page to be unavailable in November.

“I was sure that this was not the end and scammers would come up with similar scams. But I did not expect the new fake page to pop up so quickly,” said the Bengaluru-based researcher.

As per the details available in the About section, the page in question was created in May 2015. Interestingly, it did not undergo any name change which was not the case with the previous verified page that came out and was removed Last month as of 2021 the name was updated at least six times and was originally made to represent “Kizito Gavin” – the reverse name of Ugandan football player Gavin Kizito.

Facebook showed that the verified page was managed by people from Germany and Spain

Although the name on the Facebook page was accurate and correctly spelled, its URL was misspelled and was seen as, This itself indicates something wrong. Furthermore, the verified page revealed that it was managed by some people from Germany and Spain. musk is remarkable based in texas And not in Europe.

Ahmed said that both the previously discovered and newly discovered Facebook page A. appear to be part of cryptocurrency a scam.

“The previous page I reported asked people to send bitcoins and promised double the amount in return,” he said. “This time, scammers cum impersonators took a different route. He posted a post saying that Musk is coming up with a new coin called #MUSKCoin. And those who are interested in learning more about this digital currency can send them a direct message.”

There was news about another verified Facebook page of Musk previously reported Last week by Web News Observer. However, Gadgets 360 was able to independently verify that the page was live as of Monday, and it was taken down shortly after discussing its details with Facebook parents. meta, However, the company did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the matter.

It is not yet clear whether the page was taken down by Facebook or directly from its owners.

Facebook as “lame”
Musk was very active on Twitter in February last year. Called Facebook “lame” in a tweet that contained the hashtag: #DeleteFacebook. This was in response to an anti-Facebook tweet posted by Hollywood actor and producer Sacha Baron Cohen. However, this was not the first time the 50-year-old billionaire has shown his aloofness with the social networking platform.

In 2018, Moscow said Called Facebook lame in that year and at that time.

Musk also hasn’t officially been on Meta’s Instagram since August 2018.

Ineffective despite rigorous verification process
Facebook They say In an endorsement page that verified badge confirms that the page or profile on its platform has the authentic presence of the public figure or brand it represents. The company claims that it “considers a number of factors when evaluating Facebook pages and profiles to determine whether they are in the public interest and meet our verification criteria.” This also asks for an official identification document Like driving license or passport of page or profile owner for verification. However, it seems that such a rigorous process does not help in prohibiting fake verification.

“For Facebook to make such serious errors as validating this fake Elon Musk account strongly suggests that the company has not invested enough resources in a human-centered review process and is instead hoping to artificial intelligence ,aye) systems will work quite well – and they probably work well in many instances but we know they will fail in many particular instances as well,” said Professor Noah Gianciracusa from Bentley University in Boston.

Gianciracusa recently wrote a book called “How Algorithms Create and Prevent Fake News” to point out the challenges in using AI and human moderation to ban false content online.

Facebook is done Notorious for allowing fake news And fake news on its platform. Platform tried to solve by these problems bring updates In recent times, however, fake and duplicate users are one of the issues that have not yet been successfully addressed.

In an earnings call in 2018, Meta CFO David Weiner acknowledged the problem of duplicate users. She Having said That “Facebook MAU numbers count multiple accounts for a single user when such accounts exist, and we estimate that they represent approximately 10 percent of our Facebook MAUs as previously reported in key metrics in our SEC filings.” The extent of the section was disclosed.”

Meta former employee and whistleblower Francis Haugen Also earlier this year the company’s Incorrect handling of duplicate accounts,

Gianciracusa told Gadgets 360 that given Facebook’s limited control over the removal of fake and fake accounts, it suggests the platform’s AI algorithms are not efficient and ineffective in taking action against impersonating profiles.

“With fake accounts like this Elon Musk alike, I’m starting to wonder if Facebook really cares enough to tackle this problem – as these fake accounts also tend to attract huge amounts of engagement and therefore bring profits to Facebook. If so, what is the real incentive for the company to rein in them?” He asked.