Shalom Life | July 01, 2015

#MyNameIs Campaign Marches Against Facebook’s ‘Real-Name Policy’ During Pride Parade

Advocates of the group challenge Facebook’s presence, discrimination against LGBTQ community at San Francisco pride parade

By: Jeff Low

Published: June 29th, 2015 in News » World

During the San Francisco pride parade, advocates of the #MyNameIs campaign marched against everyone’s favourite social media network, carrying signs that read “Shame on Facebook.”

The #MyNameIs campaign is a movement geared to challenge Facebook’s ‘real-name policy.’ This is a policy which, for some individuals - members of the LGBTQ community especially - it does more to harass than it does to help.

The ‘real-name policy’ requires Facebook users to use an ‘authentic name’. That is, a name supported by some form of recognized documentation - a piece of mail, gym ID, etcetera. As such, pseudonyms, nicknames and monikers just aren’t considered ‘real’ enough.

Zip, a transgender woman and former Facebook employee recently had her account terminated because of this policy, even though her account was under the same name that was on her employee badge. In an article written for Medium, Zip explains the implications of the site’s ‘authentication’ process.

“Names aren’t that simple and the reasons people use names are also not that simple. It’s been covered a thousand times before. We use names that don’t match our ID on Facebook for safety, or because we’re trans, or because we’re just straight up not known by our legal names,” she wrote.

“If you’re a marginalized person, such as a trans person, you may be left with no way to get back on.”

Though Facebook was included in San Francisco’s pride parade, advocates of the #MyNameIs marched against the site’s presence, asking the social media site to change their policy.

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