Just recently, a post in Facebook from a user named Phuc Dat Bich went viral. This post was intended to explain to everyone on Facebook, as well as its administrators, that the name he is using in the famous social media platform is actually his real name.
The said user, Phuc Dat Bich, is a 23-year old Vietnamese-Australian that has been aggravated by how Facebook kept on suspending his account and asking for his real name. Many people didn’t believe the young man’s post claiming that he photoshopped his passport details, but Bich found it very offensive to be constantly accused of false identity, hence his post on Facebook.
For a couple of months now, Facebook has been asking people using unusual names as usernames for their website to show proof of their identity. Although their intentions were true in keeping the security of their other users, some people who are actually using their peculiar names were offended.
In fact, in February this year, a Native American woman’s Facebook account was suspended for allegedly using a fake name Lone Hill. Hill, had to send a photo of an identification card in order to prove to Facebook that she is actually using her real name and to get her account back.
In October, Facebook released a public apology directed to the LGBT community members who are experiencing discrimination following the name policy. Facebook chief product officer, Chris Cox wrote in a public statement:
“Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name. The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that’s Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that’s Lil Miss Hot Mess. Part of what’s been so difficult about this conversation is that we support both of these individuals, and so many others affected by this, completely and utterly in how they use Facebook.”
Aside from trying to eliminate users with fake name, the social media website is also starting to remove inactive accounts in their website to decrease spam and possible identity theft. However, Facebook recently changed its name policy in order to avoid more complaints about the issue.