There’s been a lot of talk about Facebook over the past year, and a harmful policy that they have just started enforcing very strongly that requires that people use their real names, to the point of providing photo ID to make sure that they are actually that person. Even personalities like Violet Blue, a well known and respected tech writer has allegedly had trouble accessing her Facebook account over the past few months.
Many have said publicly that Facebook’s “real name policy” is actually dangerous to people who are activists, victims of domestic abuse, sex workers, people with extremely unique names, those who don’t identify with the name they were given at birth, and other people who simply don’t want everyone to be able to find them. Thus, the “Nameless Coalition” was created, to advocate for a change to the real name policy on Facebook.
The advocacy is working, and Facebook is making changes to how people can report others with fake names, and how they will deal with fake name claims. People used to be able to just report that someone was using a fake name. Now when reporting they will have to provide some sort of explanation. In addition, when people have been reported for using a fake name, Facebook will actually reach out to them to ask them what the situation is, instead of just cutting them off from their accounts until they provide a photo ID proving their real name.
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