Author: #MyNameIs

Video: #MyNameIs Protest at SF Pride

Special thanks to filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug for documenting our work.

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…

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 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!

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…

User Story: Mythical Man

When I received the same ‘authentic name’ message from Facebook, I informed them that I am a victim of abuse, that I would not be providing them with my information, and asked them to delete my account.  I received an e-mail from Facebook, saying that my account has been deleted,…

User Story: Anonymous

I don’t know why my name was reported, or even why, but it happened after some transphobic, misogynistic, Islamophobic users were banned from a gaming group I was the admin of. My account was for my family and friends with no “public” contact at all outside of a game group….

User Story: Paint

I am non-binary trans and Paint is my chosen name that I have been going by for about a year. As it was, I couldn’t even have Paint set as my name so my account was Pa Aint.  I am currently trying to reactivate my account with my “deadname” so…

User Story: Anonymous

I am a transgender male and haven’t legally been able to change my name yet as it is a process. I’ve explained this to Facebook and they never granted me access to my profile after that. They wanted a legal ID with that name on it. —Anonymous Dallas, TX

User Story: Joe Virus

I am Joe Virus. I was born Joe _______ 42 years ago, but I have been going by Joe Virus and just VIRUS for the past 20 years in my everyday life. I was a radio show host and I am a resident DJ at the longest running goth/industrial nightclub in…

User Story: Anonymous

I’m a therapist who works with young adults who have serious mental illness. Some of the youth that I work with are involved in local gangs and have violent histories. Some are just overly fascinated with the therapists and social workers that are involved in their lives. I work with…

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