[e2e] favor regarding false facebook page about Jon Postel

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Wed May 9 06:54:26 PDT 2012

Hi, all,

Many thanks for the rapid response. The page is down.

On James' observation about public figures:

On May 8, 2012, at 5:54 PM, James P.G. Sterbenz wrote:

> On 8 May 2012, at 18:20, Joe Touch wrote:
>> Hi, all,
>> Sorry for the non-E2E intrusion, but since Jon was a frequent participant on this list, I'm asking for your help with the following:
>> ----
>> There is a Facebook page that falsely implies being owned by Jon Postel:
>> https://www.facebook.com/jon.postel
> I don't think so.  It is clearly labeled as a public figure.
>> Facebook has declined requests from Jon's family to have this page removed.
> There is no reason they should.  There are *many* FB pages about public figures, and no social networking site is going to take down a tribute page that is not otherwise agains the TOS.  This is not an individual impersonating another.  I suspect they don't really understand what is going on. 

See http://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php

"Only authorized representatives may administer a Page for a brand, entity (place or organization), or public figure."

It's not clear who an "authorized individual" would be for someone who has died except the managers of their estate, and they (the family) aren't involved and did ask for its removal (and got nowhere). Thankfully this list - and others - responded quickly and effectively.

Yes, there are pages for people whose estate has long since disappeared (Mozart). It's bizarre. IMO this is yet another area where Facebook isn't monitoring its system properly.


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