Facebook has always continued to force users to use their real birth name on social profile claiming that it “helps keep their community safe”. But the question is, though it makes sense to enquire who you are dealing with, but this isn’t a one-size-fits-all policy.
Some observers alleged that such “real-name” policies can be harmful to groups such as victims of abuse or activists.
Fake names on facebook has been a trend. Tween girls have adapted new nicknames by changing their last names to “Bieber” to imply that they are married to the pop star. In 2008, a journalist found more than 500 “Mike Hunts” and “Ben Dovers” each.
“The name you use should be your real name as it would be listed on your credit card,” Facebook says. “Pretending to be anything or anyone is not allowed.”
Sister Roma, a San Francisco drag queen said in a Facebook post that the policy was “unfair, hurtful, discriminatory and an invasion of privacy”.
“I’ve been Sister Roma for 27 years,” Roma said. “If you ask anyone my name, in or out of drag, they will tell you it’s Roma. Is it the name on my driver’s license? No. But it is my name.”
Roma is also a decades-long member of the famed Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI), an LGBT-friendly human rights advocacy nonprofit, Roma weirdly discovered that after the name-change request, messages she had received from frequent contacts, that includes a fellow SPI member, had been marked by Facebook as “spam.”
Her account is now under her legal name as a consequence of the privacy, which wasn’t very prevalent among her fans and friends.
“Facebook’ aims to empower people to share and make the world more open and connected” and has been the company’s tagline since 2008. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes the privacy standards to be evolving toward a future in which people will want to publicize everything they do.
Facebook has tried to crack down on nicknames and pseudonyms pretty public, which enables users to display “alternate” names only in parentheses.
A Facebook representative revert and sent us a list of options that are provided to users who want to create profiles with an “alternative” name, including an alias listed beneath their real name and a separate page made for any “alternative persona.”
“We are not businesses selling products, we are encouraging our friends to come to our events and performances, promoting charitable causes, and making calls to political action, with occasional mundane daily life updates like every other Facebook user,” a Seattle-based performer, Olivia LaGarce, wrote in a petition which was signed by more than 6,800 people that is arguing that policy can be harmful.