Facebook seeks to ‘unfriend’ DEA fake profile pages

10/17/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – Popular social network Facebook is seeking to ensure that the Drug Enforcement Administration abides by its policies. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Facebook CEO Joe Sullivan, sent a letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart stating that the rules outlined for civilian users regarding being truthful in use of the network also apply to law enforcement agencies.

The letter was reportedly sent in response to a lawsuit filed by a New York woman alleging the DEA used her name and photographs to create a fake online persona following her arrest and the seizure of her cell phone.

Sullivan is quoted as writing in the letter, “Facebook has long made clear that law enforcement authorities are subject to these policies… We regard DEA’s conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies.”

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon is further quoted as commenting on the matter, “The department has launched a review into the incident at issue in this case… That review is ongoing, but to our knowledge, this is not a widespread practice among our federal law enforcement agencies.”

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