There’s presently a petition summon to enable Native Americans to register with their legitimate, tribal names which so far has gathered around 15,000 marks on change.org. Facebook defends itself saying the legal name requirement is intended to keep away any web bullying on the online networking system.
In spite of some policy shifts following its fight with transvestites, Facebook is as still blocking people who run astray of its “real name” approach.
The social network has recently banned Native American Dana Lone Hill and wouldn’t reopen her account even after she gave her ID. But when the media caught the story, Facebook has reopened her page. On the other hand, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reacted to the story saying that nobody should depend on media attention to push Facebook to review its broken name approach.
Of course not Facebook is the one who runs millions of checkups to see if the user names are the real ones of the persons behind the accounts. Rather, the reports frequently come from account holders going after minorities, making Facebook an ignorant party to discrimination. Furthermore, Facebook even managed to ban entertainers like DJ Jay Smooth who claimed that his alias is the only name he has been using for twenty years.
The social media platform altered its policy in October, noting that instead of real names, everybody on Facebook employs the name they use in their daily lives. Lone Hill contended that Facebook wouldn’t acknowledge her Lakota tribe name as “credible”.
In its turn, the EFF would prefer Facebook not checking names at all for privacy reasons, a thought that is unyieldingly opposed by Mark Zuckerberg. As such, the foundation feels that Facebook should at least inform users before suspending their accounts, providing for them enough time to deliver an ID authentication or to get ready to be disconnected from the network. It also said that the appeal procedure is excessively complicated and should be made less difficult. At last, it proposed that reporting focusing on particular groups ought to be banned without any discussion by Facebook.
Shane Creepingbear, who also had his page shut, noted that there has been a long history of native deletion. He said that even if Facebook may not be instituting knowingly it’s still a piece of the violence directed against Native Americans.
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