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U.S. Government Uses Facebook 'Narcissism' Against You

looking in the mirror The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently got its hands on a juicy little document from the Department of Homeland Security entitled, "Social Networking Sites and Their Importance to FDNS (fraud detection and national security)" (PDF). Turns out that the DHS and immigration officials have been relying on the "narcissistic tendencies in many people" to uncover fake marriages, abuse of benefits and other fraudulent activities. In other words, the U.S. government is not above pretending to be a hot girl and friend requesting you on Facebook.

Agents are encouraged to examine user profiles, and track their interactions on social networking sites to ensure they're not attempting to obtain citizenship through dishonest means. The document explains that "once a user posts online, they create a public record and timeline of their activities. In essence, using MySpace and other like sites is akin to doing an unannounced cyber 'site-visit.'" Of course, these cyber visits don't require an officer to give a name or identify him-or-herself as a federal agent. It's a tad creepy to think that the cute guy or girl who just started following you on Twitter might be a government spook, but it's not entirely shocking. Besides, by now you should know not to post or say anything online you don't want people to know. So, making your status, "I love my fake husband for helping me become a citizen" is probably not a bright idea.

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