Fake Facebook Account on China’s Sina Weibo Attracts 80K+ Followers Before Being Shut Down


FakeStamp650Internet users in China are apparently so eager for a taste of Facebook, which is banned in their country, that more than 80,000 followed a Facebook Inc. page on Chinese social network Sina Weibo. Unfortunately, the page turned out to be fake.

The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog reported that the since-deleted page on Sina Weibo appeared earlier this week, with content including a story about twin sisters who found each other via Facebook and the foxes that have been spotted on its campus in Menlo Park, Calif., as well as a photo of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding up a sign in Chinese wishing users a happy Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. The Zuckerberg photo was actually from 2010.

A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed to Digits that the company had nothing to do with the fake Sina Weibo account.

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