Facebook to look at name-change rule, again

16 December 2015

Bitterwallet - Facebook Facebook have, in no uncertain terms, been a pain in the arse, when it comes to which name you can use on their social network.

They've faced huge amounts of criticism, as they forced users to use the name on their passport, rather than nicknames. People trying to avoid crazy exes, drag performers, people with nicknames... even people with names that are deemed to be unusual, have been asked to change their names by Zuckerberg's company.

Facebook introduced this in a bid to stop bullying or trolling, which of course, it hasn't and won't ever, but there you go - that's their answer and they're sticking to it. Either way, a lot of accounts have been suspended as a result.

Again, Facebook have said they're going to have a look at the ruling, even though they've said this before and haven't done a thing about it yet. They're testing new options that will make it more difficult for individuals to be targeted online, and as well as that, give users the opportunity to explain why they're using a pseudonym on Facebook.

One of the reasons that they might be thinking about a change, is because people have been trolling the network and finding people to report. One person has boasted about taking down numerous accounts by themselves, for quite grim reasons (more on that person, here).

"We’re firmly committed to [the] policy, and it is not changing," Facebook said. "However, after hearing feedback from our community, we recognise that it’s also important that this policy works for everyone, especially for communities who are marginalized or face discrimination. That’s why we’re continuing to make improvements in this area."

"When people use the names they are known by, their actions and words carry more weight because they are more accountable for what they say," it said. "It also makes it harder for bullies to anonymously smear the reputations of others, or anyone else to use an anonymous name to harass, scam or engage in criminal behaviour."

TOPICS:   Social Media   Privacy

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