Title

The Facebook Justice System

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

8-6-2014

Language

en-US

Abstract

In December 2013, a man set up a fake Facebook profile in the name of Meryem Ali, a woman in Texas. When the woman’s family and friends clicked on the man’s friend requests, they saw doctored photographs of the woman, she says, cut and pasted to look like porn. One photo featured her head atop a nude body. Another photo showed her having sex. The woman hadn’t consented to posting the images, and she reported them to Facebook. But she heard nothing back from the site for three months, she claims, until the police opened a (rare) criminal investigation. Only after the police asked Facebook for the poster’s identifying information did the fake profile come down.

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