Facebook accidentally verified a fan page masquerading as Elon Musk


A Facebook fan page for Elon Musk was verified as the official page, but then it disappeared.

The page – which openly claimed it was a fan page, not Musk’s – had gained 153,000 followers before it was taken down by Facebook or the page’s owners.

According to the technical publication, The edge, The page transparency data shows that the page was created by people based in Egypt. He was created in 2019 to represent a football player and has changed his name six times.

The posts included on the page were photos of Musk and reposts from recent tweets. When the post found out, there were only ten posts on the page.

A screenshot of the page with a blue check mark verification

(Facebook / Screenshot)

Any attempt to visit pages via its URL: https://www.facebook.com/ElonMuskoffici leads you to a dead page which states: “This content is not available at the moment. “

According to Facebook’s verification rules, the company verifies Pages when it has “confirmed that the page or profile is the genuine presence of the public figure or brand it represents.”

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The verification process includes filling out a form and sharing an official ID in the form of a driver’s license, passport, national ID card, declaration income, a recent utility bill or articles of incorporation.

How this page slipped through the net, then, is unclear.

Indy100 reached out to the artist formerly known as Facebook – Meta – for comment on this story.


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