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Facebook verified a fan page posing as Elon Musk, but now the page is gone
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Facebook verified a fan page posing as Elon Musk, but now the page is gone

A Facebook fan page for Elon Musk with 153,000 followers had been verified as the official page representing the Tesla Technoking — in violation of Facebook’s personal guidelines — but someday after we first revealed this story on Monday, the page turned inaccessible. It’s unclear if Facebook took it down or the house owners selected to make it unavailable.

To be clear, the page wasn’t pretending it’s Musk; it openly stated that it was a fan page in its About part (emphasis ours):

Once we wrote about it, there have been solely 10 posts on the page, with the earliest courting from October twenty first. One was a photograph of Musk, one was a notification that the page up to date its profile image to be one that includes Musk, and the others seemed to be reposts of current tweets.

The page didn’t begin as a fan page for Elon Musk. The Page Transparency tab — which exhibits some historical past of a page, who it is managed by, and whether or not it runs adverts — stated the page was created on July twenty eighth, 2019 to characterize a “Kizito Gavin,” which is the reversed identify of soccer player Gavin Kizito.

The page modified its identify six instances, all in 2021, most not too long ago altering to Elon Musk twice (by some means) on October seventeenth. The Page Transparency part additionally stated that the individuals who managed the page had been primarily based in Egypt. Musk lives in Texas.

Additionally perhaps price noting: the URL for the page reduce off the finish of the phrase “official” — https://www.facebook.com/ElonMuskoffici — which doesn’t appear very official.

It’s unclear when the page was verified. Facebook’s verification rules state that the firm has “confirmed that the Page or profile is the genuine presence of the public determine or model it represents.” To be verified on Facebook, you must fill out a form that requires, amongst different issues, that the submitter share official identification in the type of a driver’s license, passport, nationwide identification card, tax submitting, current utility invoice, or articles of incorporation.

Verification is a problem for large social media platforms. Twitter has additionally struggled with the downside. It paused its verification program in 2017 and relaunched it earlier this year. The relaunch has been considerably bumpy, although, and the firm admitted in July that it mistakenly verified a small variety of faux accounts.

Meta, the firm previously identified as Facebook, hasn’t replied to requests for remark.

Replace November 1st, 7:26PM ET: The page is now not accessible.

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