Violet Blue: "Women, LGBT least safe on Facebook, despite 'real name' policy"
Despite Facebook's insistence that its "real names" policy keeps its users safe, a new report reveals that Facebook is the least safe place for women online. And things are turning more explosive, as stories emerge that Facebook has been changing its users' names without their consent -- and the company isn't allowing them to remove their real names from their accounts. Meanwhile, a furious LGBT coalition has rallied around the safety threats posed to its communities by the policy. Though, it was unsuccessful in blocking the company from marching in America's largest gay pride parade.
Blue adds at G+:
If you, or anyone you know, has been asked to submit ID to Facebook, please read this. It's also the first report to show that Facebook is the number one hot spot online for stalking, harassment and abuse -- despite its "real names" policy.
For those of us who watched Google evolve during the <a href="/search?terms=%23Nymwars" data-href="/search?terms=%23Nymwars" data-capture="hashtagClick" class="hashtag-link">#Nymwars</a> it's both terrifying and validating.
The report is from NNEDV, and those at extreme risk (at least 23 million Facebook users) are victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, women, and LGBTQ people.
In comments, Blue adds:
"I need to add that in this article, I interviewed people who have submitted legal ID to Facebook to unlock their accounts after being "flagged" for allegedly using a fake name -- and the company used their ID to change their account names without their consent, and locked the account function so they cannot change the name back."
(Emphasis in original.)