The dilemma of Facebook friends who simply don't exist

2016-04-28 06:00

FACEBOOK is quite a popular social network which most people have included in their lives.

As a teenager I spent a lot of my time on Facebook, until I grew tired of it. However, I still see most people finding Facebook a most interesting place to catch up on gossip, witness arguments and update their dramatic statuses.

What really caught my attention recently though, was the ‘fake Facebook profile’ issue.

I noticed some strange happenings on Facebook in relation to this and decided to do a bit of investigating.

Quite a few of my Facebook friends had all become friendly with a girl on Facebook, but what none of my friends actually knew was the ‘girl' wasn't even real.

You're probably wondering how I knew 'she' wasn't real. Well, as it turns out all of the photographs 'she' uploaded of 'herself' were of someone else, someone I actually knew.

I'm not quite sure how this person got access to one of my friend’s pictures, but 'she' created a whole profile which looked authentic and was so believable because 'she’ had over 30 pictures of 'herself' (actually my friend).

The real person didn't even have a Facebook account, so all these pictures were, I assumed, taken off BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and uploaded to Facebook.

Here's the part that will get everyone wondering whether the person they are chatting to on Facebook is real or not.

Firstly, every picture on this fake Facebook profile had at least 30 to 40 comments from guys who thought she was beautiful and were trying to compliment her.

She even uploaded screenshot conversations which came from Whatsapp between 'her' and other guys.

Eventually, after speaking to my friend, who is in campus with me, about the whole situation, she got to investigating and finally figured it all out.

Turns out an ex-boyfriend decided to play a prank on her and created the fake profile.

Which basically meant a good number of boys were actually chatting and flirting with a guy.

It's disgusting to know someone could create a fake profile just to play games with someone.

It's just as sad that we are so trusting that we become friends with people we don't even know and become close to random people who may not even exist.

Soon enough, face to face, human interaction will become extinct and we will be reduced to Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and BBM and Whatsapp emoticons.

Do you have a story that you would like to share with me about a fake Facebook profile that you may have interacted with?



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