French Polynesian Officials’ Social Media Profiles Faked

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French Polynesian Officials’ Social Media Profiles Faked Flosse warns users to watch out for phony Facebook pages

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 27, 2013) – The French Polynesian presidency says legal action is being taken to counter false identities of government members being put on Facebook.

In a statement, it says Gaston Flosse as well as some of the ministers have Facebook entries put up by unknown people that have attracted many friends of their real profiles.

It warns users to be mindful that the fake entries are poorly written and being used for fraudulent ends.

It says to date neither Mr Flosse nor any of the ministers has a Facebook profile to reflect their official positions.

Last month, New Caledonia’s president, Harold Martin, said he asked his lawyer to contact the Facebook website for it to delete a page purported to be about him.

Mr Martin said he never had a Facebook page and was the victim of an impersonation.

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