Following Facebook?s real name policy, a woman from London went all out to change her real name just so she can retrieve her Facebook account, which she registered in using a fake name.
The story, which first broke our in Telegraph, shares the story of Jemma Rogers from Lewisham, a northeastern part of London, who got locked out from a Facebook account she?s had since 2008. When Facebook asked for a proof of her identity, she was denied because Rogers apparently used a fake name and can?t prove her account was actually hers.
She went all out to e-mail (beg) Facebook to return her account, and even tried photoshopping a bank card ? but to no avail.
Rogers said she used a fake name in Facebook to avoid getting unsolicited friend requests. The move backfired.
Woman changes name for Facebook
So now Jemma did something drastic ? she changed her name for Facebook! She did this via deed poll, and got?herself a new driver?s license and bank cards, all showing her Facebook profile: Jemmaroid Von Laalaa. Extreme yes?
?I know I?ve been a completely (sic) moron, but Facebook are (sic) being ridiculous,? Rogers said. ?They should be able to tell it?s a genuine account but just under a fake name, I can?t believe I am being punished like this,? said Von Laalaa in Time.com.
And to add insult to injury, Facebook has not taken action regarding her request, getting system-generated responses promising to ?look into? the situation.
FB is serious about users using real names
Facebook has been quite vocal about the importance of using their real names for FB accounts. In an online Town Hall last month, no less than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the importance of using real identities.
?Real names are an important part of how our community works for a couple of reasons. First, it helps keep people safe. We know that people are much less likely to try to act abusively towards other members of our community when they’re using their real names. There are plenty of cases — for example, a woman leaving an abusive relationship and trying to avoid her violent ex-husband — where preventing the ex-husband from creating profiles with fake names and harassing her is important. As long as he’s using his real name, she can easily block him.?
?Second, real names help make the service easier to use. People use Facebook to look up friends and people they meet all the time. This is easy because you can just type their name into search and find them. This becomes much harder if people don’t use their real names,? Zuckerberg said.
“That said, there is some confusion about what our policy actually is. Real name does not mean your legal name. Your real name is whatever you go by and what your friends call you. If your friends all call you by a nickname and you want to use that name on Facebook, you should be able to do that. In this way, we should be able to support everyone using their own real names.?
But for now, Von LaaLaa has to face the consequences of using a fake identity.
?I?ve been locked out of my account for five weeks now and have lost all of my photos, messages and precious memories,? she said.
Actually, we believe she lost more than that.