New York (The Verge) — Facebook says Homeland Security can’t make fake accounts theverge.com/2019/9/3/20848….
Fake accounts violate Facebook’s rules, and even Homeland Security can’t create them, the social network told the Associated Press today in response to a new policy implemented by the agency.
In one of a series of changes to immigration policy last week, the department said employees at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of DHS, could create fictitious accounts on social media to investigate the social media presence of an applicant for citizenship or a visa. This year, the Trump administration also started requiring applicants to list social media accounts as part of the visa screening process, a move that critics saw as an unnecessarily invasive measure.
But the latest policy change could face a hurdle beyond civil liberties concerns: Facebook and Twitter have rules in place against fake personas.
“Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook and we make this policy clear,” a Facebook spokesperson told the AP, which first noted the policy change last week. “Operating fake accounts is not allowed, and we will act on any violating accounts.” Twitter told the AP last week that using a fake persona violated their rules, but that the company was reviewing the policy. — Colin Lecher/@verge