Facebook Is Impersonating You

Wait...what?! Source: Shutterstock

Wait…what?! Source: Shutterstock

It seems like Facebook is getting creepier and creepier. Now, it’s basically Catfishing us. I also hate that Catfishing is a verb now. UGH. Anyway, Facebook is now impersonating you by posting links that you liked to your friend’s timelines on behalf of you. But you never actually liked these links. They just are posting them based on things you’ve liked before.

Let me try to explain. So say you like Gurl’s Facebook page (which you totally should!!) Facebook will then take that as permission to post to your friends’ timelines that you like Gurl. Then they’ll post a “Related link” with a kinda sorta (except not really at all) related topic. People are noticing that they’re actually posting inappropriate links. So you liking Gurl all of a sudden turns into you liking “2 Girls 1 Cup.”

Oh but it gets better! In addition to Facebook impersonating you without your consent, you also have no idea it’s happening. These posts don’t show up on your timeline so you have no clue it’s happening until someone asks you why you liked some crazy link. And there’s no record of it on your end so you can’t delete it. Because you didn’t post it.

This is how I feel about it. Source: Wible Bible

This is how I feel about it. Source: Wible Bible

Um, what the what Mark Zuckerberg? I think we’ve put up with ridiculous changes to Facebook for too long. This is crossing a serious line. Having a Facebook does not mean that Facebook can manipulate my profile to post things that I didn’t even like in the first place! This can be really harmful to both your online and offline presence.

Craig Condon, the developer who discovered this snazzy new feature, said “The only way to prevent re-posted content is to unlike everything.” And naturally, there’s no word from FB yet.

Have any of your friends been spotting unusual likes on your behalf? How do you feel about what Facebook is doing? Tell me in the comments!

Facebook is also hiding a bunch of messages from you!

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  • Alia Quinn

    Gurl, thanks for publicizing this. I’ve been noticing this happening for a while. I got to the bottom of what FB was doing after I reported the posts that were clogging up my news feed, and got indignant PMs from the administrators of the groups being impersonated insisting that they hadn’t been spamming me. FB doesn’t just impersonate groups and people. When you report (or you think you’re reporting) the incident, Facebook rigs things to give the impression your friends and the groups you’ve never contacted are the culprits. They instruct you to block that particular friend or that group. FB tries to trick you into accusing the friend or group of spamming. I’ve been sending them PMs telling them that FB is doing this. A couple of them have told me that they’ve been getting a lot of complaints about it. All of the groups have been glad to know it’s going on, and they want to know how they can stop it because, as I said, people assume right away that the groups with FB pages are the ones doing the spamming. This has to be one of the slimiest, most disgusting tactics FB has ever used on members, and that’s saying a lot.

  • Alia Quinn

    There’s this. I have to be on Facebook for work. I have to have a recognizable photo of myself on my site and I have to be seen participating in the groups for my occupation. Aside from that, my family and friends live all over the world. It’s the only way to stay in touch with them. I’m making the effort to do something about it. You’re right, they have over a billion members, I believe, and they also know that, as in instances like mine involving work, people have to participate. We have to find some way to acquire the leverage to make them back off of slimy tactics like this. I’m not sure yet how to do that, but if enough people work on it, we can force change eventually. Gurl is helping by publicizing what Facebook is doing.

  • Human Person

    Or you could, you know, GTFO facebook and do something productive. If you don’t do a damn thing about it and keep using the service, are they going to take complaints seriously? They know no matter what they do, people will keep using it.

  • serena

    ok so this happened to me 3 times ok so 2 people one wa smy friend and the second one was someone i didnt even know they both said this:Why did u share this about me and where did you find the video? here http://apps.facebook.com/251007368366499?vmtri_awkward .and i have no idea on what they are talking about and then 1 day after that happened i checked my messages on facebook and it said that i said the same thing to 1 friend on facebook.I really need help!