My best friends Facebook account got deleted yesterday. It was strange and kinda startling, I have to say. It was a mystery until my dear sister called me to clear up the confusion (it's nice to know that someone still reads the newspaper!).
Mr. Jon Swift apparently had the same problem. Here's his experience:
"According to Facebook, I am a fake, a charlatan, a nonperson and all of my more than 200 Facebook friends are the victims of a cruel hoax. My crime? Violating Facebook's Terms of Service by not using my "real name." What's next?", Jon Swift wrote on his blog which is hosted by Google's Blogger.
Well, how do you like that? I suppose you could find a lot of 'fake' names on Facebook. They must spend quite a bit of cash paying employees to track down the fakers. I wonder if those employees enjoy deleting those accounts of real folks just using a pseudonym.
I guess I'll be next, as I like using my name of Hendel D'bu. (It is my real name, just scrambled up a bit!) I am still considering whether it is worth changing my name to my real name, or just hanging on until they find me. Heck, how do they know if that's not my real name or not? It could be. I do list, on my profile, that I am also known as SHH and Liz. Do they even look at the profiles prior to deleting them? Lisa had that type of thing on her profile, that she was also known as Triple T and Lisa...
I'm thinkin' that this violates some sort of anti-prejudice laws, as it assumes a strange-sounding name is a "non-person". One of my daughter's friends also had her account deleted because of her name. She happens to be from Africa. And what about a Native American with the name of Running Deer or someone from another foreign country with a name none of us poor Americans can pronounce? Sorry, they must be non-persons, too. I'd bet if you listed your name as something mainstream, like Dan Jones, you wouldn't get deleted even if it weren't your name.
So, the end of the story with Mr. Swift...a FB group was formed by his 200 friends and told of the injustice of his deletion. Eventually, he received this from FB:
"Since others on the site seem to know you by this name, and since you don't appear to be using the name to impersonate or to hide your identity, we have determined that you are not violating these Terms. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns", a new email sent to Jon Swift stated.Nice.
At this point, Lisa doesn't even know that her account has been jettisoned...she is across the state visiting her aged mother.