After a recent event in which the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized a woman’s phone and used it to make a fake social media account in her name, including posting private photos of her in her undergarments, Facebook has sent a letter to the DEA demanding that their agents stop impersonating its users.
This letter in in response to an issue faced by a woman named Sondra Arquiett, who recently discovered “she” had a Facebook account she’d never seen before. Arquiett received probation back in 2010 for charges related to drug distribution, during which the DEA obtained her cell phone. DEA agents proceeded to use her phone to create a Facebook account in her name, with which they frequently impersonated her to her friends and relatives online. They even posted pictures of Arquette with Gianfrancesco Genoso that she had on the phone, including photos of her with her son and a picture she took alone of herself in nothing but panties and a bra.
Now, Facebook itself is getting involved by sending a letter demanding the DEA “immediately confirm that it has ceased all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others”. Facebook also deleted the fake Arquiette account, for obvious reasons.
This is only one of several recent conflicts Facebook has had with the government regarding federal spying on its users, an issue which Mark Zuckerburg personally called President Obama to speak about. Unsurprisingly, the DEA has refused to comment on the situation.