So in recent news there is a bit of buzz regrading certain Facebook accounts. Specifically Facebook accounts created by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and no, these are not accounts for DEA agents these are fake accounts used to catch other criminals. This is all coming to light because of a letter written by Joe Sullivan (CSO of Facebook) which states.
“We recently learned through media reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) created fake Facebook accounts and impersonated a Facebook user as part of its investigation of alleged criminal conduct unrelated to Facebook. Although we understand that the U.S. Department of Justice is currently reviewing these enforcement practices, we write to express our deep concern about the DEA’s conduct and ask that the DEA cease all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others.”
The DEA was first discovered doing this with an account created for a woman who was arrested using information from her phone. After creating the profile the officer added photo’s of the woman, and added friends on her behalf, including a man who is a known fugitive. All of these actions are in direct violation of Facebooks policies and terms of service.