The Facebook Fake Name Purge is finally over! If you don’t know, Facebook had a real-name campaign. It was removing or blocking accounts of people who didn’t use their real legal name.
That included reporters and freedom activists in dangerous countries, LGBTQ people, and writers, musicians, and actors. It got Adam Gorightly, the “crackpot historian” and Discordian who is known only by that name (and by his Discordian name). And it got Rev. Ivan Stang and Dr. Philo Drummond who founded the Church of the SubGenius; they had to use their legal names.
One woman who was forced to reveal her name had escaped from a man who had beat her and sexually abused her. Two weeks after Facebook forced her to reveal her name, he found her.
I could have gotten kicked off Facebook because I’ve used Miley Spears for a long time when it wasn’t my legal name. Lucky for me I got my name legally changed before the purge. I had to show my driver’s license to Facebook or lose my account.
And what if Destiny Hope Cyrus hadn’t already legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus? Would they have kicked her off too?
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