ID theft: Facebook leaves Amartya to fend for himself
Date of Publishing:16/8/2010
New Delhi: After falling victim to identity theft on 'Facebook', Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said he got no help from the managers of the social networking site in closing the "fraudulent" page of someone impersonating him.
Sen said he never intends to open any account at a site where it is difficult to check the "genuineness" of a participant.
According to a recent newspaper report, an 'impostor' pretending to be Amartya Sen had created a page on Facebook, which showed Sen as having 490 fans, and was liberally posting views that radically contradicted the political and economic views held by the professor. "I do not have any Facebook site of my own, and do not intend to open one. The story.....is indeed correct, and the site referred to there, where someone pretending to be me answered questions — in first person — as Amartya Sen, had nothing whatsoever to do with me," Sen said through email.
"The fraudulent Facebook page has been in operation, I understand, for some months now, but I came to know of it only two days ago when a young Italian enthusiast told me about this site, having been deceived himself in thinking it to be genuine," he added. Disappointed that he never got any help from the Facebook managers in solving the issue, Sen said, "The managers of the Facebook system are not helpful in monitoring the veracity of the sites and communications. I got no help from them." Efforts to get a specific response from the Facebook did not materialise.
The renowned economist, however, does not completely disapprove of social networking sites. "I don’t use Facebook not because I disapprove of them. The genuine ones could help communication across the world, of which I am entirely in favour. Indeed, I think such communications can be very useful in getting people closer..." Sen said. PTI
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