Tuesday September 22, 2020

Jane Ruffino: Pen names protect the vulnerable, so forcing people to use their real identities is a huge risk

Last week, Facebook stepped up enforcement of its policy that users have to sign up using their real, legal names.

21st September, 2014
Jane Ruffino.

Last week, Facebook stepped up enforcement of its policy that users have to sign up using their real, legal names. It hit the news through the popular drag queen Sister Roma, whose personal account was suspended for using an alias.

She was told she could set up a fan page under her public name but had to use her real name for her personal account – a name she hasn’t used publicly for nearly three...

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