US plans UU. For fake social networks are against the rules of Facebook

WASHINGTON: Facebook He said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be violating company rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social networks of foreigners seeking to enter the country.

Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook and we make this policy clear, Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack told news agency The Associated Press in a statement Tuesday. Operating fake accounts is not allowed, and we will act on any violating accounts.

Pollack said the company has communicated its concerns and policies regarding the use of false accounts to DHS. She said the company will close false accounts, including those belonging to undercover police, when they are reported.

The company's statement followed the AP report on Friday that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. UU. They had authorized their officers to use fake social networks explains a reversal of a prior prohibition of practice.

National Security explained the change to the AP in a statement on Friday, stating that fake accounts would make it easier for agents who review visa, green card and citizenship applications to seek fraud or security threats.

The department did not comment when asked on Tuesday.

The plan would also be a violation of the rules of Twitter. Twitter said Friday that it is still reviewing the new National Security practice. He provided no further comments.

The change in policy was preceded by other measures taken by the State Department, which began demanding applicants for US visas. UU. That they presented their social media usernames last June, a major expansion of the improvement in the detection of immigrants and potential visitors by the Trump administration.

Such review of social networks would be carried out by officers of the Directorate of Fraud Detection and National Security of the agency in cases marked as requiring more investigation. The privacy assessment indicates that officers can only review the publications on social networks available to all users on the platform (they cannot make friends or follow an individual) and must undergo annual training.

Officers also cannot interact with users on social networking sites and can only passively review the information, according to the DHS document.

While you can see a lot of social media activity without an account, many platforms limit access without one.

Facebook said it has improved the ability to spot fake accounts through automation, blocking and removing millions of fake accounts daily.

Twitter and Facebook both recently shut down numerous accounts believed to be operated by the Chinese government using their platforms under false identities for information operations.