Facebook demands LAPD stop making phony accounts to spy on suspects

Facebook demands LAPD stop making phony accounts to spy on suspects


Facebook, now known as Meta, warned the LAPD that its reported practice of setting up fake accounts to surveil users and collect their data on its platforms violates the company’s terms and policies.

In a cease and desist letter to police chief Michel Moore last week, lawyers demanded that the department stop creating “fake (or dummy) Facebook accounts” to “impersonate legitimate users.”

The missive came after internal documents obtained by New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice in September showed the LAPD encouraged cops to collect social media account information from suspects and create a “Fictitious Online Persona” to spy on them.

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The department also partnered with a third-party network that analyzes social media information to unlock connections between users, according to

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