Since launching the AMVETS National Headquarters Facebook page last year, AMVETS has received dozens of complaints about another page claiming to represent the organization on the social networking site.
This phony page uses the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary logo and the AMVETS name without the permission of the national organization and posts misleading information about AMVETS and the AMVETS thrift store operation.
AMVETS has contacted Facebook administrators repeatedly, asking for the page to be removed, in accordance with their own policies. However, AMVETS has not received a response and no action has been taken.
Most recently, AMVETS National Communications Department attempted to file a copyright infringement claim using Facebook's online forms. American Veteran will keep you informed, as this moves forward.
AMVETS leaders encourage all AMVETS members and membership-eligible veterans to ignore this page and its misleading content until further action can be taken.
If you are looking for the authorized AMVETS Facebook page, Click Here.
To date, the legitimate AMVETS National Headquarters Facebook page has more than 700 fans and AMVETS encourages all members to check out the page, as Facebook has become an invaluable tool in communicating the AMVETS message.
Many posts and departments have started their own Facebook pages, as well, and AMVETS leadership hopes more posts and departments will take advantage of this tremendous free resource.
Unfortunately, the open format that allows Facebook to effectively connect millions of users also allows for this kind of misuse from time to time.
(Image: Screengrab of the phony AMVETS Facebook page, accessed Feb. 19, 2010.)