Fake Facebook Profile Of Scotiabank CEO Sparks Investigation
The Bank of Nova Scotia in Jamaica stands accused of creating a fake Facebook profile for its former CEO William Bill Clarke. According to Clarke, the fictitious profile contained 'defamatory remarks,' which sparked comments from other Facebook users. The fake Clarke favoured people, joined groups and replied to his Facebook wall comments.
Clarke was warned about the provokingly looking profile by his friends who use Facebook. Clarke says he himself never used Facebook, so he had no way of knowing that someone was using his identity. After court ruled in his favour, Clarke's attorneys made Facebook remove the account and release the IP address of the user who created the profile. The IP address tracked back to the Bank's IT department.
Clarke is also in another dispute with the Bank over his retirement package, which was starting to turn into an ugly legal battle. Clarke believes the Facebook incident is a consequence of this earlier disagreement with the Bank.
The fake Bill Clarke also approved friends, including local journalists and politicians, joined groups and foundations, played games and replied to comments posted on his profile wall.
"There were two IP addresses – one for the Bank of Nova Scotia, the IT centre. And one for a business premise, which is directly across the street from the IT centre of Scotiabank," Clarke said. None of those allegations has been proven in court. [/q
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