Facebook Pulls Gaybo's Page for Fear It's a Fake; Social Media Site Demanded ID from Star before Putting Page Back Up

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Facebook Pulls Gaybo's Page for Fear It's a Fake; Social Media Site Demanded ID from Star before Putting Page Back Up


Byline: Niamh Walsh SHOWBUSINESS CORRESPONDENT

HE MAY be one of the most recognisable faces in the country, but veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne still had to show identification to Facebook last week after it blocked his newly created page.

Last week Gaybo, 77, decided to set up his first account on the popular social networking site. Within days he had more than 700 friends. But Facebook then disabled his account and asked for proof that it was the real Gay Byrne, and not an imposter, who was running the page.

His daughter Crona said that even though they had provided Facebook with valid photo ID, his page was still down after a number of days.

Crona wrote on her own Facebook page on Tuesday: 'Ok. So Facebook have disabled Dad's account. They requested photo ID.

'That was provided to them yesterday but they still have not got back to him to reactivate it. Maybe they did it because of all the publicity Within days he had more than 700 friends it received when he moved to the 21st century and joined Facebook.

'It's funny to think other people set up accounts using his name around the time of the presidential nominations and they are still there. Yet, when he does set up his own legitimate account it's disabled. Let's see what it takes for Facebook to reactivate it!' It seems that, eventually, Facebook accepted Gay's word - yesterday his page was open again and accepting friends.

Gaybo wrote: 'Hi fb friends, I would like to thank Facebook for being very diligent and asking me to prove I am myself, now that I have proven this, they have kindly reinstated my account and I look forward to hearing from you all again. Gay.'

Crona Byrne said she had encouraged her father to become a Facebook user: 'Myself and my husband explained how it worked and set up a page for him,' she said.

And while Crona monitors the page, it is Gay who is running the show: 'Everything on the page is his own thoughts and words. …

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