- Using an alias? You’ll be blocked
- Using the name ‘KaatjeE’ for 3 years already? You’ll be blocked anyway
- Same applies to the names ‘Fu’, ‘Ab’, ‘Sem Eg’ and ‘Pieter Eg’ (brothers)
Solution: Use a fake name that looks like a real name. And stop being a dissident.
That may only provide one with a temporary solution: Facebook is now blocking accounts using suspicious names and is asking account holders to send copies of their passports to Facebook, if they would like to access their accounts again.
Legal experts advise against that practice, as privacy and data protection laws are different in each and every territory and it is unclear what Facebook will go and do with a copy of your passport.
Facebook spokesperson Damaris Beems confirms Facebook’s practices: Facebook has a policy of ‘real people, real names’. Beems did not respond to questions about the safety of dissidents and their need to use aliases.
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