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News and analysis covering the #MyNameIs campaign and how Facebook’s names policy affects diverse users—including some pieces written by our own coalition members!

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…

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…

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!

SF Weekly: Facebook Real Names Policy Divides SF Pride Board, Money Wins

“Facebook will be allowed to sponsor and march in the San Francisco Pride Parade this year, despite its refusal to change the “real name” policy that drag queens and trans people say discriminates against them. The reason Pride is turning its back on the portion of its community affected by…

SFist: SF Pride Bends To Pressure From Facebook, But Board Vote Was Close Over ‘Real Name’ Controversy

“Last week we showed you the vaguely worded joint press release that was issued by the SF Pride board of directors and Facebook in advance of a June 1 protest that’s set to revive the controversy over Facebook’s “authentic names” policy — a debate that’s been going on sincea wave…

Examiner: Recent social media issues strike Anne Rice’s Facebook page

“Apparently, no one is safe from the pit-falls of social media including Anne Rice. For the past few weeks, the iconic author of over thirty novels, including “The Vampire Chronicles”, “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches” and her latest, “Beauty’s Kingdom”, a sequel to her erotic series “The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles”,…

Daily Beast: How Facebook Exposes Domestic Violence Survivors

“But for survivors like Lily, a pseudonym isn’t a cloak for bullying behavior, it’s a shield. Before receiving that message from her ex, Lily had been out of touch with him for 18 years, seven of which she spent on Facebook under pseudonyms like her roller derby name. After she…

CBS: Woman Named Tru Love Has No Love For Facebook’s ‘Real Name’ Policy

Love told the Chronicle it was especially painful because she couldn’t post her Mother’s Day photos over the holiday weekend. “I really love my name, but at times I wish people would remember I am a real person,” said the stay at home mom. “It hurts. It really does. It’s…

F’ed Over: What happens when Facebook closes your account

“This may sound silly, but it feels like I’ve lost something valuable. A lot of my memories were in that system. Hundreds of friendships I’d built, thousands of followers I interacted with every day, tens of thousands of messages exchanged, tons of photos, even a few short pieces of writing…

Chris Malloy: Facebook Bans Disabled Trans Woman of Colour for Not Appearing Feminine Enough

“If you follow social justice activism, then you may be fortunate enough to already be familiar with Kylie Brooks. Brooks is an activist, whose lived experience is as a black Deaf and disabled trans woman. Brooks routinely combines her stunning intersectional life experiences with brilliance and energy, sharing her thoughts and experiences online, tirelessly educating…

Native News Online: #IndigenizeZuckerberg – Natives Protest Facebook’s “Real Names” Policy

“Whether the high-powered Facebook machine realizes it or not their strict name policy is having a damaging impact on Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. The name policy was put into place to weed out impostors, cyber bullies and people who use false identities, such as the impostors featured on MTV’s…

Salon: Say my name: Facebook’s unfair “real names” policy continues to harm vulnerable users

“Facebook imagines itself as a community, but its names policy fails to acknowledge how diverse people experience their everyday lives.  In updated language, Facebook requires users to “provide the name they use in real life,” but their list of acceptable IDs still suggests a rather rigid definition of what’s “real.”…

Salon: Let me be Lil Miss Hot Mess: Facebook took away my stage name

“As much as I roll my eyes at our collective obsession with Facebook, watching my online identity vanish hit me hard.  It’s true: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.  To have years of photos, conversations and other traces of a life lived digitally suddenly disappear felt like…

21st Century Burlesque: Facebook Real Name Policy: A Front Line Battle Report

“The very first thing I learned as a burlesque performer was to introduce myself by the name I had given myself. It does two things: helps keep me in character and keeps me safe.  Ducky Doolittle was my teacher and she explained that by using a name that wasn’t the…

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