The creation of fake life stories and personas online…for real people

Thanks to the proliferation of non-moderated social media, and the sobering events of the last 15 months in the UK and The USA, we are all aware by now that major social media platforms can be gamed via the creation of false profiles, used as trolls and bots.
Many of those fake profiles use the pictures (and sometimes the bios) of real people, usually copied from their online presence.
However, a more pernicious kind of falsification, described in this story, is when a person’s real life is partly or wholly re-written or distorted to fit an alternative narrative.
This example of a combat veteran who lost a leg in war is sobering. He has become a poster child actor in the entire Kneel for the Anthem controversy without his knowledge or agreement.

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