If Bank of America’s Google+ page is to be believed, the financial institution throws parties every time it forecloses on a home, and threatens Occupy Wall Street protesters with having their assets seized as part of the bank’s new “Counter-Financial-Terrorism policy.” Yes, fake parody accounts have come to Google+, the network previously hung up on ensuring that pseudonyms were never, ever to be used.
[UPDATE: And just like that, the page has been taken down. Carry on, carry on...]
The “Bank of America” account appears to have been created on November 8, the day after Google+ announced that it would allow brands and corporations to create pages, as a response to the OWS protests. Five of its ten status updates directly reference the protests, whether it’s a simple “I am the 1%!” or a snarkier “Looking down on Zuccotti Park with a glass of Bordeaux. The betting pool on protester arrests is getting pretty interesting.” Oddly enough, there have been no updates to the page since November 8, suggesting that perhaps its creator didn’t expect the page to remain up for so long.
That said, it appears that Google has no immediate plans to take it down. The company told the Talking Points Memo blog that it doesn’t comment on individual Plus pages, but that users can “help report profiles they feel are violating our policies.” Even after the page started making headlines yesterday, it remains active, surprisingly.
Ironically, the page illustrates one of Google’s reasons for demanding no pseudonyms for so long. It was exactly this kind of parody that Google+ was hoping to avoid by only allowing real names to be used when it launched, and the high-profile nature of this example suggests a return to forced authenticity. Way to ruin it for everyone again, Bank of America.
Graeme McMillan is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @Graemem or on Facebook at Facebook/Graeme.McMillan. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.