Last Monday morning I was about to finish my post for Chicago
Parent, after being in the ER with my daughter for a four hours,
when a friend sent me a message through Facebook:
"I didn't know u had a fitness club for ages 50+ !!!"
a link to the fake Facebook page of ME!
I'll spare you the conversation we had after that. I felt
violated and insulted.
I spent the morning trying to figure out who was behind the page
and hit dead ends. A local moms-in-business networking group gave
some good advice to report it and I began to post in private groups
and received a swell of support.
I went viral with it through Instagram, Twitter and posted it to
Healthy Jasmine page.
I have yet to receive a response from Facebook, but here is what
one friend received:
"Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel
may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an
important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment.
We reviewed the page you reported for harassment and found it
doesn't violate our community standard on bullying and
REALLY?! I spent much of my day on Facebook trying to find
a way to report it. They don't make it easy. In order for me to
report someone else pretending to be me, I have to report the
I found myself thinking, who the heck are you to ask for those
types of IDs? I don't feel I comfortable faxing you my ID. A
notarized statement? Now I have to go waste someone else's time to
sign off and stamp that I am who I say I am.
And a copy of a police report about my claim? Seriously
Facebook, I live in the city with a lot of murders. I am sure I
would give a good chuckle to the boys at the CPD.
All of this got me rethinking the pictures I post on social
media. My husband, who is not a fan of Facebook, has asked me to
remove all the kids' pictures. I have begun the process. As I began
to remove the pics from my Healthy Jasmine page, I noticed the
stolen headshot was not on my fan page, but my personal page.
I've been warned by other law professionals that Facebook is
taken too lightly and we post pictures on the internet of our kids
too freely. I've done my part in making sure my settings are as
private as they can be.
Thank you to all who have taken the time out to block and report
this imposter page to FB and even going the extra step to leave a
comment for them to remove my picture. If you feel compelled, head
on over and
report the page, I am hoping Facebook will eventually get the
Jasmine blogs to inspire you to make positive, healthy changes.
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