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Facebook Inc (FB)’s Evolution From Social Media to Social Police

By banning users from using their aliases, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is delving into borderline totalitarianism and that too as a private organisation. Ruben Ramirez interviewed a legal analyst, Vanessa Soman, and Harmonica Sunbeam, a drag performer, on TheStreet to discuss the implications of Facebook’s latest ban.

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The restriction introduced by the world’s largest social media website has ramifications for the new talent in showbiz industry who use Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s platform to promote themselves. Sunbeam, who has about 6000 followers on her Facebook page explained how beneficial aliases are in creating a fan following.

“[…] I believe that when most of the performers who do have personal pages and have a lot of fans on there, they used that as a building block to get to your fan page basically, you know, so in the beginning no one is thinking what level are you going to take this to so of course you acquire friends through Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and through performances and stuff and you immediately add them to your page and it becomes form of your advertisement […],” said Sunbeam.

She also added that it will be hard for her fans to find out about her by her driving license name, which Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has made a compulsory requirement, effective in about a week’s time.

Furthermore Soman clarified that there was no legal requirement as such for Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to introduce this new rule which is an infringement on privacy. She added that in US however, privacy was not a right granted to the citizens under the constitution as is in most European countries.

Reasoning behind the ruling remains unclear but Soman suspects that the rational behind the restriction could be because Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) wants to restrict possible criminal activity and hold its users accountable for their actions. However, she also suggested that they are several ways that those ends could be met without forcing the people to change their aliases. Two such examples that she gave were by flagging suspicious pages and asking users to link their fan pages to their personal pages.

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