Last week, Facebook demanded that I 'prove' the name I use here, and pretty darn near everywhere, publicly, privately, online and off, is 'authentic'. Now, to me, determining a name a person chooses to use in their personal life is authentic is invasive.
They gave me 7 days to provide documentation, which I did yesterday, meanwhile, my account has been deactivated while they decide whether my name is authentic enough or if they need more documentation.
People keep saying they're targeting the drag queens, the transgender, the Native Americans. Not anymore.
They are targeting *anyone*
with a name that they think isn't 'authentic
I have used my name for over 20 years, in my personal life and as a pseudonym for my business. It is the name my friends call me, that my family calls me, that my customers see on their invoices. It is the name I use because I do not wish to be stalked and harassed by certain estranged members of my birth mother's family, to include her. In fact, I was found by one person about 5 years ago and the anxiety and fear resulting from it was so bad, I called my husband in tears, demanding that we move, right now, and I didn't care where.
They lie when they say that you no longer have to provide legal documents, as in a government issued ID.
That is *still*
required, even with any other documents you can provide with the name you go by. They claim it's so they can see that the birth dates match, whatever that's supposed to mean.
You have 7 days to comply with their wishes of verifiable documentation- and the verifiability of such is at their whim, and after those 7 days, your account is *still*
suspended. You have absolutely no access whatsoever. To rub salt in the wound, if you set it up that way, you will *still*
get email notices of things your friends post or their status updates, yet you can't even look at them.
You have no way to know where you stand in their verifying process either, the only thing you get is a notice that they will get back to you if they need more documentation (I'm waiting for that to happen, I have 20+ years worth for them).
They claim to have clarified the language to mean the name you go by in public, and yet, the TOU still says you have to use your real, legal name. And they get to decide whether that name is real enough, authentic enough or not. Not you. Not your family. Not your friends.
Their authentic name policy is not helping anyone. It is driving users away. I'm sure their investors must be so happy about that.
And no, I *still*
do not have access to my personal page.