Facebook, It’s Not Just In Your Brain — An area man with a fake Facebook account had an extended argument with his other fake Facebook account earlier this week when he accused his second “fake” Facebook account of ironically being a fake Facebook account. The argument started after “Favel Ferline” accused his second and less obvious fake Facebook account, “Tyler Durden” of plagiarizing his Facebook status as his own.
“Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities,” said Mr. Ferline speaking oddly using the ‘royal we.’ “We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know who you’re connecting with. This helps keep our community safe.”
According to witness and participants on the discussion thread, things got heated when Tyler Durden reminded himself (Mr. Ferline) about the nature and purpose of pseudonyms.
“Pretending to be someone else is not allowed,” said Mr. Ferline with no sense of irony. “Our Facebook information should be used in the proper private way. You know, for corporations and the NSA and not by fake profiles. That’s just damn creepy.”
Mr. Durden challenged Mr. Ferline’s assumptions that what he posts on Facebook is not only unprotected speech, but rather the intellectual property of Facebook.
“Look Favel,” replied Mr. Durden to himself, “what you type here is public. Even in Facebook groups. I can quote you all day, and say it’s me. Because, after all it might be me. If privacy is a concern, perhaps Facebook is not the right place for you. Maybe an off-the-grid shack on the Middle Fork of the Yuba River might suit you better.”
Mr. Ferline did not take Mr. Durden’s suggestion kindly and promptly made veiled threats about court motions and subpoenas.
“Look,” continued Mr. Ferline, “you better shut-up and produce something that identifies you like Lee Corneys did down at Safeway the other day when I challenged his Facebook identity. Now that’s a man who stands behind his word. You Tyler are a faker and a fraud and you need to stop plagiarizing and attacking me.”
Gish Gallop reached out to both Mr. Ferline and Mr. Durden for comment, but both declined our request saying in separate messages, “it’s all there on Facebook. Look for yourself.”