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Facebook to DEA: Stop creating fake profiles

Facebook to DEA: Stop creating fake profiles
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Imagine you are a DEA agent working a hot drug case. You snag a low-level worker in the drug organization you're targeting, then set up a fake Facebook profile using that person's actual name and photos, just to see who else in the organization might connect - and maybe even talk about their drug business. Does this sound like a movie plot to you?

Apparently, this is really happening. But guess who is not too happy about the long arm of the law reaching into social media's biggest site?

But first, scroll through your Facebook friends list and chances are, most people you see use their real names. It makes it easy for you to identify them and others, like long lost classmates or neighbors, to find them.

Facebook is very strict about people using real names when creating new profiles. But, the DEA skirted those regulations when an agent created a fake profile to impersonate a young woman as part of an investigation. The Justice Department says that the agent involved had every right to do so, but Facebook doesn't agree.

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