Facebook verifies a fake Elon Musk account: he was a bitcoin scammer
Despite attempts at Facebook of verifying suspiciously popular accounts, the system is still not perfect, to say the least. The Verge has indeed reported during the past few hours that Facebook has mistakenly verified a fake Elon Musk account as the official account of the entrepreneur. As if that were not enough this profile seems to be managed by a scammer of Bitcoin.
Facebook verifies a fake Elon Musk account
The page, which currently has 153,000 followers, is actually the first to openly state that it is not Musk, if you read the About section. Said this, the URL of the profile ends in “ElonMuskoffici”, an element that indicates that the admins are certainly trying to make it seem as real as possible. In the Transparency section of the page, we read that the people who manage the page are resident in Egypt, further confirming how out of the way the algorithm was.
The account currently has 11 posts and although most of them are solo repost of Musk’s tweets, the most recent is clearly a fake Bitcoin giveaway (the post was later removed). The first post dates back to 21 October, but as pointed out by The Verge, the page was actually created on 28 July 2019 under the name “Kizito Gavin” and has since changed its name many times, with the most recent modification dating to 17 October. .
Facebook verification requires account owners to submit proof of their identity, such as a driver’s license or passport, but repeatedly scammers have found ways to circumvent the official process. The company has not commented on what happened, but the page has been made “unreachable” during the past few hours, a sign that most likely Facebook is taking action regarding its cancellation.