When Victor Diaz Zapanta was featured on Mashable for his Facebook account’s creative timeline design, he was excited. But that sweet feeling soon soured slightly when the 29-year-old designer’s account was parodied by impostors claiming to be him.
It happened at least four times, and at one point Facebook even suspended his profile, forcing the Washington, D.C., resident to verify his account way before Facebook introduced its new page and profile verification on Wednesday.
“I’ve been playing whack-a-mole with reporting fake profiles on Facebook every couple months,” he says. “I’m guessing people were into the Facebook timeline I made and just don’t think it’s a big deal to impersonate someone.”