I’ve been seeing a lot of very incendiary posts on Facebook. These posts are being reposted by friends of mine, both conservative, liberal, and foreign.
Today a friend reposted something from Rita Lloyd, which was highly incendiary. I got to looking at the profile and it fits all the parameters of a troll account.
- No identifying information
- No location
- No job
- No marital status
- No “opened on” date
Surprisingly, she has 4,272 friends. “Her” friends were from all over the United States and a few outside the US. But, when I looked at many of “her” friends, I noticed they, also, did not have any identifying information.
When I clicked on “her” “About” page, there is no information. I looked through “her” listing of recently added “friends”. Her lastest friend was “America First“. I then followed up on “America First”.
Again, “America First” has a location of West Palm Beach, Florida, but no other identifying information. No dates, no job. But “he” had updated his profile pic, the only indication of “his” sexual identity.
I counted 18 different America First accounts and it appears that anybody can stand up a group and call it America First.
Facebook has a process for reporting Russian troll accounts. You can report the account as a Fake Account but with no process of identifying it as a troll. I turned in both Rita Lloyd and America First.
I actually feel sorry for Facebook. They now face the daunting task of determining which accounts are fake and which are genuine. A lot of honest folks are going to be reported and turned in as fake and it’s going to be a bear to send somebody at Facebook information proving you are who you say you are.
Accounts like mine are easy to very without contacting me. I post personal posts every day. I also cross-post my blog to my account. I also interact with quite a few accounts, both publicly and privately. I wonder if the folks at Facebook, tasked with determining fake accounts check communications and how? How much in depth?
Bottom line, if I wanted to I could identify fake accounts all day long. But it’s not my job. It’s Facebook’s job to catch and delete fake accounts. I will do my part and turn in every fake account that I find… you should too. Make the Russian trolls earn their paycheck.