Easy to fake groups to exploit the names from X-Factor.
15-year-old Jesper from X Factor (3rd place) have to accept that there are more false groups than fans of him on Facebook.
The social network will not delete the groups, ABC News says.
And this is even though Jesper, his friends and the DR (TV station) have tried to get the groups erased. The traffickers are apparently exploiting Jesper’s popularity to get in touch with young fans.
The true fan group has 27,000 members
Jesper was the youngest participant in “X Factor” 2009 in Denmark and has got lots of fans. The real fan group on Facebook has 27,000 members, and the administrator of this group is Jesper’s sister.
But there are also at least two fake groups where Jesper’s person is being exploited. Especially one of them worries him.
“We have had contact with a girl who once had a chat with the person who created the fake group. He writes back that the girl are “sweet and lovely,” says Jesper to BBC News.
“It’s scary, because the group has hundreds of members. It may be an older man who writes to make contact with young girls. “
Frustrated because of Facebook
Jesper describes it as “very uncomfortable” that Facebook refuses to remove the fake groups.
“It’s illegal to pretend to be someone else than you are. And at least 50 of my friends have reported the group, ” he says.
Not only Jesper, but also his mentor, the X Factor, “Remee” has seen fake groups of himself on Facebook. DR has tried to make Facebook do something about it” says entertainment editor of DR1, Jan Lagermand.
“They have been incredibly slow to respond, and when the answer came, it was that they did not intend to delete them. They sent a guide on how to draw attention to it in the next” he told BBC News.
“I am completely baffled as to why they don’t remove the groups immediately when they know that someone has stolen his identity” says Jan Lagermand.
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