June 1: Protest at Facebook HQ
Despite Facebook’s apology last fall, thousands of users are still being maliciously targeted, reported, and their accounts suspended for having an alleged “fake” name. The anonymous reporting process is heavily flawed and has already done great harm to Native Americans, survivors of domestic violence and stalking, political dissidents, sex workers, religious minorities, artists and performers, LGBTQ people (especially trans* youth), and many many others.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Meet us in the Safeway Parking lot on Market Street (at Church) at 9:00 am. We have two buses sponsored by Ello and will carpool/caravan out to the campus. (If you can drive just in case, please do!) If you want to get there on your own, you’ll find us at the empty lot across the street from the famous Facebook “thumbs up” sign at the entry to the campus.
JOIN US AND TELL FACEBOOK:
1. Remove the “fake name” reporting option! Facebook has other tools for reporting bad and dangerous activities, including harassment, impersonating someone else, or making unwanted sexual advances. The “fake name” reporting option punishes users’ identities and is obsolete!
2. Stop asking for ID! Many users do not have government issued identification, credit cards, or a piece of paper that reflects their true authentic identity. Facebook can find a better way to authenticate that users are real and accountable people (not robots or people looking to do harm), such as their “trusted contacts” system which already allows users to access accounts if they forget their password.
3. Create an appeals process! Frankly, Facebook’s customer service is non-existent. Even though we hope fixes like #1 and #2 will help most people, there should be an easy way to get in touch with Facebook to tell your story and find a solution if things fall through the cracks. We want to be able to talk to real people, not receive canned responses.
Dress in your most fabulous form of authentic self-expression. Bring signs, noise makers, bull horns, and your friends! Remember our hashtag #MyNameIs.
Stay tuned for a list of diverse speakers, including folks from the trans community, domestic violence survivors, Native Americans, LGBT activists, politicians and other allies.