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Protesters target Facebook's 'real name' policy

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Michael Rielly

Protesters target Facebook's 'real name' policy
BBC News
June 1, 2015
 
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More than 1,000 demonstrators, including drag queens, Native Americans and domestic violence victims, are expected to gather outside Facebook's headquarters in California on Monday to lobby the company to change its policy requiring people to use their real names on the site.

When it opened to the general public in 2006, Facebook's strict "real name" policy was a point of difference - other social networks such as MySpace and Friendster had been besieged by fake and spam accounts. But the policy has irked several groups who prefer to use names other than their legal ones, believe that anonymity is vital to their safety, or have difficulty verifying their unusual monikers.

The company argues that the policy keeps users safe; that people can't hide behind fake identities to hurl abuse at others. But when people are reported for potentially violating the rules, Facebook can require proof of identity - which some find difficult to provide, leading to accounts being suspended or deleted.

Last October, Facebook apologized to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted because they violated the rule. After that incident the company's Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, clarified the policy by saying that people would be be required "use the authentic name they use in real life" on their Facebook profiles. Despite that, however, activists say the company has been slow to change, and a campaign group called My Name Is organised Monday's protest in response. BBC Trending has reported on several Facebook naming controversies.

Drag queens often use stage or performance names, and transgender people often change their names or have difficulty proving their evolving identities. That's put many at odds with Facebook's policies. Last year BBC Trending radio went to London's Soho neighborhood to hear from some of those affected.

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Michael Rielly

I talked a little bit about this in my presentation at the CWH Legendary Santa Claus Conference back in April.

This is bad news for those of you who set up personal Facebook profiles as "Santa xxxx".

I've read on one of the SoMe sites that LinkedIn will be doing the same soon.

I would suggest if you have your personal page set up this way you consider creating a company page for your Santa business.

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Chris Capstone

Yep. All these guys who are "Santa _____" on FB are gonna have to create pages for their Santa character. I know of one person who had their longtime popular FB profile deleted and was forced to set up a page. We've discussed this before.

 

I'd advise getting it done right away so you can get the page likes built up by having all your friends like the page. Then slowly transition all Santa related posts to the FB page rather than the FB profile. Then you can change the name on your profile to your real name and drop the Santa prefix.

 

That is the only way to insure you don't lose everything you've built up with the FB profile. Besides, most of these "Santa _____" guys on FB are posting all kinds of personal stuff unrelated to Santa anyway and even political stuff and off color stuff. That's not good and should be kept separate from the image of Santa anyway.

 

This mixing of the personal life stuff with the Santa image is not a good thing for both the image of Santa as well as the individuals who do it.

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David Dixon

I guess I am way ahead of the game. I created my Santa page way back in 2009.

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Santa Marty

So, is there a limit to the number of pages you can have on FB?

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Carlo Klemm

Marty...NO> Except for a profile page. Unless you are a certain Santa that at last count had 16 pages because he has 16 different e-mail accounts, but that's another story. Facebook says you can only have 1 profile page under your real name. 

I have my profile page - Carlo Klemm

Then I have fan pages under each of the following:
Santa Edson

 

Capt. Red - Street Organ grinder/Deleika sales
 
 
Capt. Red Entertainment Services
 
 
Capt. Red-Balloon Twister
 
 
Stuffed Balloons by Capt. Red Entertainment
 
Then I also started several group pages:
Santa's Last Ride
Santa Trader
 and 2 others, not Santa related. 

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Bestemor Claus

we have a FB page under Santa Laureate and Bestemor Claus. we havent had any problems but that may be because when we set it up it is listed as "fictional character". maybe thats why they havent bothered us. we never claimed it to be our "real name". and its a "page we manage". is this any help?

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Elf Without Jingles

This is precisely why I have only two Facebook presences in my real name, Richard Washington, plus one for Elf w/o Jingles, and another for Blackwolf the Dragonmaster. In all, that's four Facebook presences for me. And I intend to keep it that way.

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Felix Estridge

The Terms & Conditions are that you can have only 1 account and it has to be under you real name.  You can have as many pages, groups, etc. that you want, but your personal account MUST be under you real, verifiable name.  That is what they are cracking down on.  If you have multiple accounts (unique login names), then you are violating their Terms & Conditions and they ultimately will be deleted.

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Elf Without Jingles

I signed up with Facebook a few short years ago; and, indeed, I have one account. This one account controls the four Facebook presences I'm responsible for. So far, no one has raised a ruckus about it. As long as I keep that one account together, I think I'll be fine.

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Felix Estridge

I signed up with Facebook a few short years ago; and, indeed, I have one account. This one account controls the four Facebook presences I'm responsible for. So far, no one has raised a ruckus about it. As long as I keep that one account together, I think I'll be fine.

Then, please explain why, when I search on your name on Facebook, I find 2 different accounts?  The first, your username is "dragonmasterwashington", and the second, your username is "richard.washington".  I appears you have 2 accounts, not just one.

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Dutch Schrap

Yep. All these guys who are "Santa _____" on FB are gonna have to create pages for their Santa character. I know of one person who had their longtime popular FB profile deleted and was forced to set up a page. We've discussed this before.

 

I'd advise getting it done right away so you can get the page likes built up by having all your friends like the page. Then slowly transition all Santa related posts to the FB page rather than the FB profile. Then you can change the name on your profile to your real name and drop the Santa prefix.

 

That is the only way to insure you don't lose everything you've built up with the FB profile. Besides, most of these "Santa _____" guys on FB are posting all kinds of personal stuff unrelated to Santa anyway and even political stuff and off color stuff. That's not good and should be kept separate from the image of Santa anyway.

 

This mixing of the personal life stuff with the Santa image is not a good thing for both the image of Santa as well as the individuals who do it.

 

I have always had a personal page - just good ol' me - since 2007 or 2008.  Then, possibly around 2008 - I had a Philly Santa "personal" page. I had almost reached the limit of 5,000 friends. I had almost exclusively used Facebook for everything Santa related.  Gigs, contacts, messages back and forth, etc. and as Chris said above (It might be me that he was referring to) I was deleted.  No warning, no nothing. I lost everything.  Pictures, tags, comments, testimonials, but more importantly - contacts, ideas, messages, dates for future gigs, and so much more. It took a very long time to notify my clients and figure things out.  FB did not help one ounce.  They didn't care. I changed to a "fan page" and have had no issues.  Funny though, there is a Philly Santa personal page that is not me, the Santa is awful looking, and FB won't do anything about it.  Oh well...  (And yes, I could certainly just give up Facebook because of what happened many years ago and their policies - but Social Media is king now for many generations of people at this point - so most of us are stuck. There is no other good platform.)

 

But Chris brings up a very good point in his last sentence.  Some merge all of their personal life with their Santa life. (and vice versa.)  It's not healthy for Social Media and it's certainly not healthy for you personally.  You need to be you too. Keeping a partition of some sorts is good for you and the character you portray.

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Elf Without Jingles

Then, please explain why, when I search on your name on Facebook, I find 2 different accounts?  The first, your username is "dragonmasterwashington", and the second, your username is "richard.washington".  It appears you have 2 accounts, not just one.

Ah! I see I will indeed have to explain that one. The "facebook.com/dragonmasterwashington" account is the one I call "Electric Pirates Entertainment World Headquarters", a/k/a "Blackbeard's Castle". The other account, "facebook.com/richard.washington.5473," offers me the chance to share a few non-"Blackbeard's Castle" remarks; in every one of them, please understand, I've tried to keep things tasteful, noncontroversial, and, for the most part, totally trouble-free.

I hope I've cleared that up for you.

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