California Facebook user claims fake work and education

Protecting your Facebook Pages from impostors

by Bernard-Charles

According to the profile, Jimmy Boy Moran is from the USA. Not even a foreigner that often times create this sort of havoc for famous people.

In the big scheme of things my Facebook Page, America’s Future Talk Show Host is a small fish compared to other Pages like Coke and Vogue, but recently my Page has been stolen by another Facebook User named Jimmy Boy Moran.

Moran is claiming to be the CEO & Founder of my established brand name.

Now, I know that the title is very uplifting and motivational, but I had it first and I don’t take these things sweetly as other people might want me to. This poser listed the fake information under the “work and education” section of their profile. We have no mutual friends by the way.

What did I do to right the wrong?

I messaged Moran asking him to take down the information, and he has not replied or removed the connection.

Since I heard nothing in response from Moran, I contacted Facebook by reporting the timeline and they sent me this in return:

Note: If you have an issue with something on someone’s timeline or profile, be sure to report the content (ex: a photo), not the entire timeline or profile. That way, your report will be more accurately reviewed.

You cannot report people’s work and education like you can report a photo. I am piss livid. So, there you go I am no where with this and find the entire situation to be dishonest and disgusting.

Facebook needs to implement a solution to people adding fake job and school information on their profiles. It is Facebook, a social network that transformed how we communicate and what we know, I am very certain the leading network can build a more secure way for people to honestly add Pages to their work and education. Solution: Have the Page approve the connection before it appears on the person’s timeline and profile.

So, now I am thinking of getting rid of the Facebook Page altogether. Unless you have something to say about it.

13 Comments

  1. Having the same issue here. So far, the only damage control we have been able to do is flat out say that such and such is not affiliated in anyway with our company, and never has been, in a public post on our wall.

  2. what a ridiculous response from FB. Have the same problem here as well when 3 different people posted they work for our Facebook page… hope they solve this sometime soon.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I will check in with my social media gurus to see if they know of anything now. This problem seems to be going under the radar and although it’s great for just expanding the name of a brand, I don’t think it is ethical and should be curbed with a Facebook Page approval.

  3. The same thing is happening to my company FB page. FB needs to find a solution to this. Having the company approve is a simple solution and should be implemented.

  4. We’ve been having a similar problem with our company, though just people claiming to work for us (and in one case, received their education from us). I suppose you could look at it as free advertising, but there’s always the strong possibility that these people will affect your company’s brand in a negative way without people knowing they have no connection to you. I mean, what if someone claimed to work for Apple and started saying they knew things about the iPhone 6 and news sites caught wind of it? Facebook needs a way to control who people claim to work for. You could just have confirmation be required to link the text to your page, and let people have plain text in the meantime. I just don’t like that someone can claim to work for my company without me even being informed that they’ve made the claim. You know what’s worse? I’ve done a search and found 3 people not connected with my company who claim to work for us, but I know there are more because I’ve been shown someone else’s profile from a friend who got a friend request from someone who is unsearchable a while back. Makes me worry. :/

    1. Absolutely agree with everything you say. I am sorry you are being pestered by the same occurrence that I am facing. I have reported the content to Facebook and there has been no solution. I presume this issue needs to be directed to Facebook, Inc. Strong and affirmative letters to be addressed. I happy you found my little show-blog post. Can I ask you how you stumbled here? 🙂

      1. This was the second result on Google when I was looking up ‘people claiming to work for my company on facebook’. You may be right about sending a strong letter to Facebook, Inc. If it becomes more than a nuisance we’ll most likely start with that and become more frustrated from there. :/

  5. I don’t think you should get rid of the page! Certainly not. If this guy wants to promote your page for you, so be it. No doubt he’ll tire of it eventually.

    I think you may have a case for reporting his timeline as posing as you.

    As for having Pages approve connections — I think that is ideal, of course, but a lot of people would probably find themselves waiting a long time (if not an eternity) to be approved.

    I’m sorry you’re being subjected to this idiocy!

    1. hey thanks for the comment! 😀 Well, I guess it can be seen as promoting my page more. However, I still am disgruntled by the whole mess. I don’t think people will have to wait an eternity if they just speak with their company’s social media then and there. I think it would be fairly zippy. lol

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