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Global civil rights groups coalition wants changes to Facebook's real-name policy

John Ribeiro | Oct. 6, 2015
Problems begin for account holders when users report them to Facebook for using a fake name, according to the groups.

The organizations are particularly concerned about how Facebook handles abuse reports from other users that could result in the take down of accounts. "The types of ID that Facebook asks for in the 'report abuse' process, whether issued by a government or private entity, do not necessarily feature a person’s nickname or 'real life' name—especially for transgender people and others who modify their names to protect themselves from harm," according to the letter. IDs issued by private institutions are often linked to a person’s legal identity and government-issued identification number, it added.

 

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