Petition: “Authentic names” are authentically dangerous for your users

Join the Nameless Coalition (including our partners at the ACLU,  Electronic Frontier Foundation, Global Voices, Human Rights Watch, and many others) in saying: “Facebook’s real name (“authentic name”) policy has facilitated harassment, silencing, and even physical violence toward its most vulnerable users. It’s time for Facebook to fix its broken policy.”

Open Letter to Facebook About its Real Names Policy

More than 75 human rights, digital rights, LGBTQ, and women’s rights advocates have sent an open letter to Facebook demanding the company “provide equal treatment and protection for all who use and depend on Facebook as a central platform for online expression and communication.”

SF Pride Protest Headlines

Facebook’s rainbows are not fixing its LGBTQ identity crisis CNN Money Hold the applause for Facebook’s rainbow-colored profiles, activists say The Guardian #MyNameIs: Protesters Rally Against Facebook’s “Fake Name” Policy NBC Bay Area Biz Break: Facebook shares sink amid controversies on two continents Contra Costa Times (and San Jose Mercury…

June 1 Protest Headlines

Check out some of the articles written about our protest! Includes coverage in the BBC, USA Today, The Guardian, CNN, Huffington Post, and many many more!

Survey: Share Your Story

We’re looking for people who are willing to share their stories with us to help demonstrate the extent of the problem, and why even relying on “authentic names” is an unfair and dangerous policy.

Video: #MyNameIs Protest at SF Pride

Special thanks to filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug for documenting our work.

Video: #MyNameIs Protest at Facebook HQ

Thanks to Cinemagical Media and director Kirthi Nath for this amazing video!  

Shame on Facebook: How Zuckerberg’s Confusing “Real Names” Policy Hurts More Than It Helps

In his recent statement—hot on the heels of recent protests at Facebook’s headquarters and San Francisco Pride—Zuckerberg tried to dismiss the issue as user confusion, but his own convoluted response is just another example of how unclear and inconsistent Facebook’s policy is as a whole. While Facebook likes to talk…

Independent: London woman has to change name by deed poll to log in to Facebook

“I can’t believe I’m stuck with this stupid name and I still can’t get into my Facebook,” said von Laalaa. “I know I’ve been a completely moron, but Facebook are being ridiculous,” von Laalaa said. “I’ve been locked out of my account for five weeks now and have lost all…

CS Monitor: What Happens When Facebook Says You Don’t Exist

“For many escaping abuse or harassment, coming to terms with a sense of self, or working to maintain a sense of digital privacy, that online pseudonymous identity is important. Some teachers, police officers, or mental health workers find it crucial to use an online pseudonym. Just as one may have a…

#MyNameIs Campaign Responds to Mark Zuckerberg’s Comment about “Real Names” Policy

Members of the #MyNameIs campaign—a coalition of LGBTQ people, Native Americans, survivors of domestic violence, and others whose accounts have been reported and blocked on Facebook—are pleased that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally responded publicly to questions about Facebook’s “real names” policy in a Townhall Q&A held on the…

Medium: My name is only real enough to work at Facebook, not to use on the site

As a technology, Facebook isn’t neutral. It’s actually changing the way we interact with names. Before Facebook how many of your friends’ surnames did you actually know? I chose my Facebook name six years ago, as I began my transition. Every person I’ve met since then has generally known me…

Endgadget: Women, LGBT least safe on Facebook, despite ‘real name’ policy

“Despite Facebook’s insistence that its “real names” policy keeps its users safe, a new report reveals that Facebook is the least safe place for women online. And things are turning more explosive, as stories emerge that Facebook has been changing its users’ names without their consent — and the company…

June 28: #MyNameIs at the SF Pride Parade

While we wish Facebook had been banned from marching this year as a company, we can still use the SF Pride Parade as an opportunity to raise our voices and visibility against Facebook’s unfair policy, which hurts LGBTQ communities as well as many more. Our goal is to make #MyNameIs…

User Story: Lady Soliloque

My name is Lady Soliloque. I am a Southern Lady, author and geek. My name is not just a pen name, it is a registered and trademarked name under which I am known, and it is recognized by the US Government, the legal system, the financial system,  my state, my…

User Story: Anonymous

A guy using a fake name was harassing me via Facebook, private messaging nasty things to people on my friends list—including outing me as HIV positive and sending x-rated photos of me—and even targeting where I work on my company’s official Facebook page.  He threatened a “hashtag campaign” against my…

User Story: Anonymous

I haven’t been reported yet. But my activism for social issues (anti-racism, LGBTQ equality, etc.) has cost me job offers, got me fired once and I receive regular threats from individuals and organisations on Facebook who openly post swastikas and other hate speech on their profiles. Reporting them is nigh…

User Story: Blu Parlet

My Facebook user name was the name that I have used for over 20 years. My nickname was the name, is the name, that rings true for me. Everyone, including college professors used that name. Facebook decided this was not me, not the name my family and friend have called…

User Story: Anonymous

I am a transgender person who has gone through a few periods of testing names out to see if they fit, and ultimately deciding on the nickname my mother gave me when I was a toddler and the last name I was born with. I have relatives that I am…

User Story: Anonymous

I worked stealth [not “out”] at a physical labour job for over six years. It was a verbally and sometimes physically abusive environment. Despite passing for straight and cisgender, I still dealt constantly with bullying and ostracism. Having to use my real name online would have risked having my politics,…

User Story: Bladerunner

The name I used to use on Facebook was a name I used everywhere online for many years. I used it on Facebook so my online friends could find me. I also used my nickname because I work in Special Ed with a number of fragile families who don’t need to…

User Story: Anonymous

My given name is uncommon enough to make it extremely easy to find me on social media. I prefer to keep a low online profile, as a lesbian working in a non-traditional career (I am an electrician). Sometimes working big construction jobs is like having 500 older brothers who all love…

User Story: Anonymous

I am the victim of kidnapping and sexual assault. My case has been caught in the judicial system for 10 years. My abuser has found me on Facebook and messaged me under fake accounts. Why should I be isolated from friends and family, and punished by Facebook because I am…

User Stories: Boogie

I was adopted when I was 9 years old against my wishes. My name was changed without my permission or input. I refuse to use the adoptive name given to me on any public forum or social media page due to the fact that I had an abusive step father…

User Story: Anonymous

My screen name since 2010 when I joined Facebook has been Xxx Xxxxx. It’s based on a nickname and my husband’s business name (which is part of my email address). I had tried other names, but they were rejected. However, I was not going to use my real name and…

User Story: Anonymous

I had my account associated with my leather title blocked. For the last 13+ years I have gone by a particular name within the leather community. I continued to use that name when I won first a local then an international title. This is the name my mother and wife…

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