Boy's Picture Stolen, Used In Fake Facebook Profile

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 19:34:29-04

One Mid-State mother said she feels violated after a photo of her husband and teenage son was used in a fake Facebook profile.

The mother asked to remain anonymous to protect her son's identity, but she still wanted to share her story to warn others.

Apparently, it doesn't go against Facebook's community standards to steal someone else's photos and pretend to be someone else, at least that's what was sent to her husband in a message after telling him that his case was closed.

The message reads in part:

"Thanks for letting us know about something you think may go against our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. In this case, we reviewed the profile you reported and found that it doesn't go against our Community Standards."

Someone decided to steal photos of her husband, as well as her 13-year-old son. The fake profile used a fake name, and stated that he was a widower.

The mother said there's only one word to describe how she's feeling.

"Violated, and a violation of to the core. I feel like it is our job as parents to protect our children, but with all of this new technology, it is getting harder and harder for us to do," said said.

The mother said she will be changing her privacy settings to prevent this from happening again.