There is an age-old saying: In the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog. It is commonly used as a reference to those who portray themselves, through various profiles, with altered images and a carefully constructed story, as something which, in real life, they are not. The construction of an alternative ego, a different personality slightly removed from reality is common to all Internet users regardless of age, gender or social position. Everyone wishes to be seen as something slightly better, something slightly different to what they really are, to appear more interesting, more attractive. It is an absolutely normal state of affairs, a human failing, if you will, which we all know, all practice and all accept. Life in general would be a very boring event if there wasn’t a little bit of spice added somewhere along the line, be it the fascination of someone else’s experiences or their imagination, the unusual, the compelling, the fantastic. There is a difference, though, between the real with a few added details, a little enhancement, a touch of fantasy and a downght 먹튀사이트 검증 someone who creates a profile on one or another of the many social media sites with the sole intention of fooling others for material or personal gain.
The number of fakes, of false profiles on social media sites, and their potential range of influence cannot be underestimated. Facebook has officially admitted that over eighty million accounts on its highly popular social platform may be considered as fake and it is likely that similar networks, including the micro-blogging site Twitter, could produce similar high figures. It is difficult to say whether individual accounts have been maliciously created or whether they are considered a mild prank by those using them when taking the numbers as a whole but, as a recent example on Twitter shows, their influence can be wide ranging.
Twitter normally has a system of verification in place for well known, popular or high ranking individuals as well as some business and news services. Here the verification ensures that the person or people using the account are who they say they are and such accounts have a small symbol next to the user name for all to see. There is, however, no system in place to protect certain names from use. An individual who decides to use the name of a popular and expensive perfume, for example, will be accepted and allowed full access until such time as the trade mark holder lodges an official complaint to assert their legal rights. Thus an individual was capable of changing an already existing account’s name to that of a popular news service and promulgating the news that Margaret Thatcher, former Conservative Prime Minister, had died. The story was immediately snapped up by other news services and by many individual Twitter users, despite the lack of a verification symbol.