Dear Mr. Zuckerberg:
After seven years with Facebook I've recently been shut out because I couldn't confirm my identity, even though I've sent you copies of my driver's license, gun license, copies of unopened mail with my name on it, screen shots of books I've written, speaking engagements, business cards and even my Google page when you look up my name. Seems a little ironic that in the past my name not matching to my credit card for promoted posts was different, but always accepted by Facebook.
I was contacted by one of your staff named "Jesse" who told me I didn't match my FB page and then proceeded to shut me out of Facebook. So, here's the challenge - on your own policy page you state:
"Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities. We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know who you're connecting with."
Well, my nickname has been "Skip" since birth. It's my name in "real life". As an adult, I don't use my real name. It should NOT be on my Facebook page, my blog, my Twitter account or anything else in social media. However it is the name on any legal documents, credit cards, etc. I even have relatives who don't know my name is Steven. I have sent Jesse, everything I have and even explained that my name is Skip. Yet, I have no access to FB pending review by the Facebook team.
The fact that all of this comes on the wake of my complaining about your lack of service is certainly no surprise. However, wandering through cyber space I found a great article by a science writer for National Geographic, Nadia Drake. Her closing line about the lack of flexibility in Facebook's policy says it all...
"What Facebook has done is create a system that forces compliance or isolation. And worst of all, it places the power with harassers—as if the Internet needed more of that."
And just to further demo my point, that's a scan of my birth announcement above, which was actually pretty clever. It was printed on a diaper with my nickname on the inside. However, in all honesty, me sharing my birth announcement is just about as absurd as Jesse essentially telling me my name on my Facebook page is wrong!
1/7/2016 07:46:48 pm
What?! That's crazy! Skip is how everyone knows you, and who are they to say that's not correct? I hope this gets sorted out sooner than later!
Thomas O. Nash-III
1/8/2016 06:08:31 am
I concur fully! No one is in a position to tell a person who can verify their name is "their name" that's not their name! It is up to Facebook, not the person being challenged to prove that the name is fallacious!
1/7/2016 08:08:15 pm
Sorry you have to deal with this Skip! Hope you get back up soon. Facebook can be so ridiculous!
1/7/2016 08:32:00 pm
skip or mr cohen I am certain that less than 25% of your readers actually know your given first name. terry falls on the deck of that same boat but at least they guess Terrence--- they would be wrong . terry is terry and skip is skip. good luck with the zuck,.
1/7/2016 09:32:26 pm
This is so crazy!!!! No words just WOW! Facebook, wake up! His name is Skip!!!
1/8/2016 12:53:14 am
Insane! Hang in there Skip!
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