Facebook Profiles Impersonate 4th Herman Cain Accuser

Shortly after Sharon Bialek held a press conference announcing her sexual harassment accusations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, a profile in her name showed up on Facebook. Now we see two of them, both fake looking.

Let’s see how long it takes for two fake profiles purporting to be Sharon Bialek to disappear from the site because Facebook’s rules don’t allow impersonation.

Sharon Bialek is the fourth woman to accuse Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment.

The Facebook profiles with her name on it went up only today shortly after Bialek’s press conference announcing her accusation, and the first one’s friend list originally included a campaign director for another Republican candidate, Jon Huntsman.

A reader took a screenshot of the friend list before the unfriending of Adam Piper, the Huntsman’s campaign’s political director for the Carolinas.

We’ve seen fake profiles related to controversial news topics emerge in the past, but the fact that this has recurred hasn’t changed Facebook’s stance on impersonations.

The site’s rules expressly prohibit prohibits the use of profiles for impersonation, and the practice is also a misdemeanor crime in California, where Facebook is baesd.