Since October, members of our coalition have been working as volunteers to forward messages from diverse communities to Facebook’s customer service team. Given Facebook’s lack of major action (even after their so-called apology), we feel that this band-aid is hurting more than helping our campaign, and have decided to stop doing Facebook’s job for them. Everyone should be able to share their authentic identity online, without having to show ID or contact Facebook through an unpaid drag queen!
If your account has been disabled, you can try sending an appeal directly to Facebook (note that this option is not available to all users). We also encourage you to sign our petition, join us for our rallies, and organize your own actions so that we can pressure Facebook to end this discriminatory and dangerous policy for everyone!
Read Sister Roma’s announcement on the subject:
RESIGNING FROM THE FACEBOOK NAME APPEALS PROCESS
Starting today I will no longer act as a conduit between Facebook users and Facebook’s customer service team. I will no longer assist users in getting their names back. That’s not my job. That’s Facebook’s job.
I feel like a fool. I was duped by Facebook’s false apology and placated by false promises to allow users on Facebook to identify authentically without threat of prosecution.
I played directly into Facebook’s hand by agreeing to funnel emails from friends and members of disenfranchised Facebook communities who were maliciously targeted, reported and suspended because of their Identity and not their behavior. By helping thousands of users get their profiles back I have inadvertently silenced the maddening cries of those who were bullied by the unfair “Real Names” policy. Now that many users are back to their authentic identity and using the site as they were before, it seems that they’ve forgotten the dismay and frustration they felt when they had no access to all of their friends, their photos, and their memories.
For these reasons the #MyNameIs team has started an online petition and sent letters to the San Francisco and New York Pride Board of Directors asking that Facebook be prohibited from being involved in all Pride events and the Pride Parade.
Whether they agree or not, I hope Facebook realizes what PRIDE means to me and my community. It means overcoming oppression, freedom of expression, accepting yourself and each other for who we truly are and love. Maybe one day Facebook can be truly proud of how they are embracing our community.