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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Facebook fakes

It was recently noticed that there are a lot of fake accounts on Facebook.

These were set up several years ago - perhaps Facebook was less discerning then? They have the following characteristics in common. We see them when they try to join a group.

All claim to be in the USA
The account was set up several years ago, and contains two posts, one to set up the profile picture, and one to set up the banner. Then nothing for several years.
Many of them are an attractive woman in an attractive pose.
Others are an attractive man.
Many of them are members of several other groups with related subjects.

What is the purpose of these accounts, and the purpose of joining a group? Nothing good, I fear. By joining the group, they get better access to the members of that group. And here's what I've seen happen ...

The person offers to friend you. If you accept, then you later on get an invitation to a page, which is for a different person.

Reporting this to Facebook seems to have no effect.

How widespread is this?

I'm seeing more fakes than genuine people. That's a big deal. Is it possible that Facebook has less than half of the accounts that it claims?

Monday, 9 July 2018

Bojo bails

David Davis, Minister for Brexit has left the cabinet over the latest Theresa May proposal, supposedly agreed at Chequers.

Boris Johnson has followed suit.

I feel like I'm on the Titanic, and the crew hasn't merely given up on trying to save the ship or organise an orderly evacuation to lifeboats.

No. Half the staff have decided that now is the time to make more holes in the ship, and the other half have decided to shoot themselves in the foot.

So what now?

Can the May government survive this revolt? Is a leadership contest in the offing? Can Boris hold his nose and ally with Gove? Will Andrea Loathsome raise her hand? Will the Honourable Rees-Mogg indicate graciously that if asked to serve, he would not decline?

Dum de dum de dum de dum, dum de dum de dum dum ...



Bye bye Twitter

I just deleted my Twitter account. I've never used it apart from a few testing tweets. So it's just a database waiting to be hacked.

I only hope they delete my details.