Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is slowly enforcing it’s ‘Name Policy’ requirement after a number of people complained they were denied access to their accounts until they provided valid documents showing their real names. Facebook has come under increased scrutiny in the recent past after blocking LGBT activist, Sister Roma, until she updated her account with her real name.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) claims that it wants people to use their full names as one of the measures of reducing trolling online or cyber-bullying. Some users are opposed to Facebook’s new push stating that they use fake names as a way of avoiding people who might try to track them down. Facebook push has already seen the emergence of a petition online that has garnered 18,300 signatures, the petition is intended to block it from implementing the new requirements.
One user is complained that his account was blocked since February till August 26, 2014 until he submitted a scanned image clearly showing his full name. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) also reportedly blocked the use of titles, a move that has not gone down well with some users who might have used the same titles for over 10-years. One doctor in particular was quoted as saying that he is forced to use a completely different name while on the network as one of the ways of hiding his identity from his patients.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)’s new laws are set to affect mostly the young generation, who currently searches for jobs. Most of the young job seekers have from time to time opted to change their names as one of the ways of hiding their profiles from potential employers who might obtain unwarranted information from their accounts. It is alleged that about 70% of hiring managers turned down some applications in 2010 after obtaining some information from candidates accounts on Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB).
Victims of abuse and bullying have from time to time aired their grievances, requesting Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) to allow them change their names as one of the ways of staying clear of the eyes of their predators. It is still unclear how far Facebook is willing to go with it’s new requirement, waiting to see how things play out in the future.
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