Facebook asks DEA to stop setting up fake accounts with users’ real names
Facebook has asked agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to stop setting up phony accounts using real names.
The social media giant sent a letter to DEA chief Michele Leonhart following a Buzzfeed report revealing that a DEA agent impersonated a woman whose phone was seized during a drug investigation, reported CNN Money.
The U.S. Department of Justice defended Timothy Sinnigen, saying the agent had a right to use photos of the scantily clad woman to set up a Facebook account he used to communicate with other drug suspects.
The woman, Sondra Arquiett, has sued the agent.
“The DEA’s deceptive actions … threaten the integrity of our community,” said Joe Sullivan, Facebook chief security officer. “Using Facebook to impersonate others abuses that trust and makes people feel less safe and secure when using our service.”
Facebook shut down the fake account shortly after reports about it were published, and the company demanded the DEA to confirm it has stopped all other cases of impersonation.
It’s not known whether the social media company has confirmed any additional cases.