It seems I have a ghost profile on FarceBook. I didn’t set this up and I don’t control it. I finally got into my old account a few days ago and realized I’d set it up using another pseudonym, so it wasn’t the one that kept coming up in web searches, with a picture of me as the profile picture. Someone must have scraped a picture of me from the web (maybe from the Disintermedia wiki?) and set this up for spam purposes. I wonder if I can prove I’m me and get it shut down?

I first tried to delete my account as part of an organized Quit FaceBook Day back back in 2010. I put quite a bit of effort into researching how to do it and, as far as I knew, it was gone for good. However, I started to read rumours that even “deleted” accounts could be reactivated if you just logged into them, so I tested the theory. Sure enough, my account was back. I couldn’t see the point in going through all the deletion theatre again, so having already emptied it of all the personal information I could, I just abandoned it.

Recently, I had thought about turning it into a portal that gave some information about why I don’t and won’t use FB, with links to the federated social media services I am currently using. But since the account attached to my Disintermedia email address is under another name, it’s not really much use for that. I can’t change the display name without giving FB my cell phone number and a bunch of other personal information, which I have no intention of doing. So I’ve deleted it again and I’m hoping, given the new requirements about the “rightsto be forgotten” in the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), that this time, it’s for good. Watch this space …

Filed June 12th, 2019 under open social networks

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