8/13/2007

Have the Tories been caught faking Norman Lamb on Facebook ?

Lib Dem Voice highlights today that someone has set up a fake Norman Lamb page on Facebook.

Now this account has been removed from Facebook after the Lib Dems advised Facebook that the page was fake. However, details of who set up the account remain hazy. however, there are some clues.

Firstly, as Lib Dem Voice points out, there is also a fake e-mail address that is being used. Actually this isn't fake, it is a real address that has been set up on yahoo in an attempt to impersonate Norman Lamb. So someone out there is already trying to mislead voters.

The other clue is that the fake Facebook entry had a link to the Conservative Candidate for North Norfolk's blog. This seems very odd. Why would someone who set the Facebook page up want to give publicity to their principle opponent ? Unless, of course, the person who set up the blog wants to give support to that person ???

I am not suggesting for one moment that the Tory PPC in North Norfolk could possibly be involved, but the person who set up this face Facebook entry certainly did it with the intention of raising the Conservative's very low profile in the Constituency. So it would appear that this might be the work of a Tory supporter, would it not ?

5 comments:

James Becks said...

I know for a fact it was a UKIP activist trying to use the group to stitch up Norman Lamb and when everyone realized it was fake they would turn on his rival Trevor Ivory. The person wanted the Eastern Daily Press to blame Trevor and then when it is revealed that it couldn’t have been him no one would believe a word the Eastern Daily Press says about Norman Lamb. It was a long shot way to reduce the credibility of the Eastern Daily Press too making it easier for the UKIP candidate to get elected. By the way the UKIP candidate knew nothing about this.

Norfolk Blogger said...

This makes absolutely no sense what so ever. Why would the people turn on Norman and disbelieve him in future. He is the innocent party here and the truth of the matter is that he has been stitched up by someone.

Norfolk Blogger said...

Full EDP story attached.

Quite how this story would discredit the EDP or Norman Lamb is a mystery.

A hoax has left a Norfolk MP seeing double after a "scurrilous" fake computer website was created about his political career and home life.

Norman Lamb was shocked to find a false profile of himself had appeared on the facebook internet site which helps millions of people stay in touch with friends.

Facebook has become a worldwide phenomenon with 28 million people regularly visiting the website to send messages to their colleagues and update them on what is happening in their lives.

Mr Lamb's doppelganger profile featured several pictures of the North Norfolk MP, including one with socialite Jemima Kahn, and a list of the Liberal Democrat's achievements to date, although some entries were untrue and had false contact details.

And in another twist the internet hoax had an e-mail link to the MP's Conservative rival, Trevor Ivory, who yesterday strongly denied all knowledge on how the page was created.

Mr Lamb said: "I am feeling quite shocked by this disreputable impersonation of me and the mischievous attempt to mislead the public.

"I have a challenging enough job without having to engage with this type of scurrilous behaviour. It is particularly worrying because it looks like someone has deliberately set out to discredit me."

Mr Lamb became aware of the fake facebook page about three weeks ago but decided not to ask the company to remove it because he thought it was only being visited by "two or three fantasists or obsessives".

However the Liberal Democrats' headquarters finally decided to ask for the page to be deleted last week after a link was created to Trevor Ivory's website, with the headline "Looking forward to the next General Election" on the fabricated entry.

Mr Lamb said that though there was no evidence Mr Ivory or another Conservative had created the false site it did seem strange that a reference to his rivals should appear on the counterfeit profile.

Mr Ivory sparked controversy last May after his own website said that people would be better off if Tony Blair killed himself.

He said: "I strongly condemn what has happened to Mr Lamb and I have written to him to say I had nothing whatsoever to do with it."

Facebook was asked to comment on the fake page but did not respond, but Mr Lamb praised the company for removing the false entry as soon as it was alerted to it.

As well as the threat from fake profiles, facebook users have recently been warned they should not put any personal details on their profiles as they could be used by internet thieves to gain access to bank accounts.






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Anonymous said...

If I were a tory and I'd been caught out doing this I'd blame UKIP too !

Rob said...

Yes, very convenient isn't it.

If a UKIP person had done this, why would they admit it ?

It's obviously a Tory.

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