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Malware-slingers and mischief-makers are ramping up the creation of fake celebrity profiles on social networks in time for the start of the Olympics on Friday. El Reg spoke to "reputation managers" of the stars about the problem. Some of the fake profiles are harmless while others link to pictures of strippers and escorts and …

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How well do they check for false positives?

What happens to someone who has a name which is the same as that of a celebrity?

Do they check for that, or do they just go ahead and demand that the account be closed?

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as the athletes gain notoriety during the Games.

Is it too much to hope that more of them gain fame?

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Good grief

"reputation management" for high-profile punters' social network profiles

Is that really a viable career now? What the hell happened to society?

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Re: Good grief

Civilization as you know it has come to an end. Don't worry, everything will get straightened out on December 21st...

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Hang on

If I come up with some spurious website that fixes a problem no-one even new existed, will you guys promote mine as well? This is internet Listerine surely?

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Proprietary Technology

" The company says it uses "proprietary technology" to find, report and remove fake social network profiles on behalf of actors, athletes, musicians, politicians, business people and their management teams"

I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but it starts with 'G' and ends in 'oogle'.

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Re: Proprietary Technology

That and a script knocked up in about twenty minutes in Mumbai - you don't expect a "social media entrepreneur" to sit front of a PC clicking buttons do you.

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Paris Hilton

Great advert - when I become rich and famous, I will choose Social Imposter to protect my online profile too!

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This Ussain Bolt fellow...

Didn't he used to be called Bernie? Or is he just impersonating him?

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