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User Story: Bon Bon

My name keeps my personal life private and has been my day-to-day name for 10 years.  I complied with Facebook to give them other forms of ID that they said they would accept. I gave one photo with my state ID and an event staff badge with my nick name…

User Story: Misha Dancing Waters

My name is Misha Dancing Waters. This has been my legal name since 2010. It appears on my Wisconsin driver’s license, United States passport, tax return, bank accounts, lease, and birth certificate. It is what I am called by my family and friends. It is my name. My name was…

User Story: Vertical Cat

After using Facebook for eight years, with my name Vertical Cat (talking privately with close family and friends – nothing remotely contentious, just comment and photos of my life – all entirely banal) you suddenly decide to suspend my profile and tell me that I need to produce government ID…

June 1: Protest at Facebook HQ

Monday, June 1, 2015. Facebook Headquarters: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA.

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.

User Story: Georgie Pendragon

I have been using my ‘name’ since the 8th grade—long ago, approximately 31 years! I am transgender, partially Native American, an artist, a stalking survivor, but my name was not to hide. It’s just my name. Anyone who wished to find me, would be using the name that Facebook decided…

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”,…

User Story: Anonymous

I have no idea how I got reported but after going to a transgender event this past weekend and having met and reconnected with some great people I was eager to share photos and memories. But no. I tried to log in and was told my account had been suspended…

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…

User Story: Anonymous

After being raised in a cult-like religion, I broke free in my late teens. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve connected with others with the same background. Since the religion is so strict with its members that any individual caught associating with people deemed “undesirable” is immediately cut off…

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…

3 Simple Things You Can Do to Make Facebook Safer for Everyone

Facebook’s “fake name” reporting option may seem like a small issue, but it’s discriminatory and dangerous for many, including transgender people, Native Americans, survivors of domestic violence, and countless others. We may not always like it, but the reality is that Facebook is the place many of us turn for…

User Story: Jenn Ifer

My name is Jenn Ifer. I went to log in on May 9th, 2015 and without warning they had locked me out requesting government ID. I have had a stalker for over 10 years. I have an uncommon surname that makes my legal name very easy for a stalker to find….

User Story: Anonymous

I have been known as _____ by friends and family, both online and “in real life” since 1997. I prefer it to the name given to me before my birth. Everyone I know calls me by this name and very few people actually know the name on my birth certificate, because I…

User Story: Anonymous

I’ve been a Facebook member since 2010 and am known to people as my writer’s name. I was unmercifully hacked and bullied and stalked by a former husband. I tried the codes: the blocking, ignoring, and fighting back. One of the cyberbullies started posting my legal name and private business. I was publicly…

User Story: Sarah Lechasseur

My Facebook account was blocked a few weeks ago. I am a trans woman at the start of my transition. So I cannot do my legal name change right now (where I live, it may take a year). I wrote to Facebook two times to tell them my story and…

User Story: Kristoph Klinker

I am regularly told I’m not really trans because the name there doesn’t match. And it makes me physically uncomfortable to see my birth name. I just started transition and I’m pretty tender about my birth name right now. —Kristoph Klinker

User Stories: Anonymous

Mine is an odd case where my ‘fake’ name wasn’t blocked, but according to Facebook it should have been. During my gender and sex transition, I changed my Facebook name to the name I was taking, but because it was a ‘normal’ name no one reported it even though it…

User Story: Anonymous

My account was suspended not long ago and I was asked to provide my legal name. This caused great discomfort as I had been using an alias for many reasons. First, I feared being looked up by a certain person of the past who had me living life like I…

User Story: Jackie Beltaine

My public name is Jackie Beltaine. It was given to me many years ago due to my involvement as an organizer of the LI Beltaine Festival. I kept it as a public name to maintain my privacy as I was raising a young child and didn’t need the “crazies” showing…

User Story: Silence “KittyBones” Maestas

I have used my Facebook account under my preferred name since 2007. In that time I have never had anyone question it or think that I was someone else or that I was projecting a false identity. I created my Facebook account under the name that I used in every…

User Story: Anonymous

I’m a public school teacher, a domestic abuse survivor, and a circus performer. I desperately need to keep those areas of my life separate, for my safety and my job. Being forced to use my real name took away my agency to be all three. I lost my performance contacts,…

User Story: Raven Lunatic

I have had two—not one, but two—stalkers in my life. This “fake” persona is more real than my “real” name. It helps me help others. —Raven Lunatic San Diego, CA

User Story: Anonymous

I was first disabled in early 2014, and I refused to send any ID but eventually figured there was no other way to get it back, so I did and got it restored immediately. However at the end of the year, I was disabled again, this time sending the ID…

User Story: Lance Gayhart

My name is Lance Gayhart. That is my given birth name, so my story here is unique. My account wasn’t reported because of that fact. The reason I support my friends in their quest to change the FB name policy is because I get it. I was bullied as a…

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