Facebook has had a “real name policy” for quite some time now, but it has remained largely unenforced. Recently, a long list of people with the words “Liberty” or “Voluntaryist” in their names, have been threatened or banned by facebook moderators. I spoke to two of them today, and got some screen shots of their experience.
Well a week ago I got a notification from Facebook saying I had to remove voluntaryist from my middle name, I put it to just V for an initial and then earlier this week I got a notification that Facebook requires that I submit an ID in order for them to verify my identity due to their policies on people having to use their real nameSo I was given there options, submit my papers, create a new account, or abandon Facebook. I compromised and created a new account.I’m not about to submit identification to use a website but at the same time the liberty movement lives and dies on Facebook. I still wanted to be connected with others that are on here
they locked me out of my account and said I couldn’t get back in until I had a… something along the lines of an ‘approved name’… you know?I tried to do ‘Liberty’ and ‘Bell’ but they wouldn’t allow it.
I could have come up with something MUCH more clever if I had the time, but I was talking to a friend about her Daddy’s recent cancer diagnosis and so I just threw part of my middle and a mish-mash of family names up there… and it worked.lol Sorry…If I had been at home and not involved, I would have done a screen shot… I was just trying to hurry and get back to my friend.But if you go to the settings and try to change your name – yourself, you have a choice… but not if you had a FB forced change. I CAN send you that screen shot.
- Use a real sounding name: So far “Freeman” looks safe, but Voluntaryist is out. There are plenty of plausible surnames that you could use to obscure your identity and promote your ideas without catching the attention of Facebook moderators.
- Don’t use facebook to sign into other websites: Losing your Facebook account could cause you major trouble on other parts of the Internet.
- Diversify your social networking presence: You should be on Twitter and Google+ as well as Facebook, so if Facebook takes down your profile for any reason, you can reach your friends through these mediums and ask them to add you back. If you start sending hundreds of friend requests from a new account, Facebook will think you are spamming and the new account could get blocked as well.
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UPDATE 5:47pm EST
Delilah de Cleyre, formerly known as Katie Voluntaryist went through this, and shared a video of her experience.
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