[info]wolfsilveroak wrote
on May 26th, 2015 at 02:03 pm

Facebook's authentic name fiasco, part 2

So. I have 2 of the 3 'acceptable pieces of documentation' Facebook wants to verify that I am using my authentic name.

And then some. I have over a dozen various websites, dating as far back as 2003 with this name. I have an old USMC shirt from 1992 with my this first name. I have statements from friends who've known me longer than Facebook has even been around- by this name. I have posts from new friends who state this is my name, as it is the name I was introduced to them by.

I have a portfolio with this name, followed by Artist. I have signed cds from a local band with a large Facebook presence and whom I am friends with two members of, with this name on it.

My business packaging is branded with this name. It is on photos I took dating back to 2000 and earlier.

I use this name to keep my birth mother and her extended family from finding me, as I have, by choice, had no contact with her in 35+ years and intend to keep it that way. If I am forced to change it, then I can guarantee they will find me in a matter of days.

I have friends who have known me for 25+ years sending me statements saying that this is the name they know me by. I have fellow Akita owners who I've helped with Rescue offering to vouch for me, that this is the name I am known by.

If Facebook looks at all this proof/evidence and denies me my name, then no one is safe, no matter what name they may use, no matter how innocuous sounding.

We need to tell Facebook that this policy needs to be stricken from the TOUs completely. It is not only affecting transgender, crossdressers and Native Americans, it is now affecting Artists who rely on pseudonyms like this for their livelihoods, it is affecting people who have cut all ties with family members, it is affecting people who are trying to lead a normal life and still manage to hide from stalkers and/or abusers.

Enough is enough.

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