Yoda Blocked From Facebook

The woman, not the alien.

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If your name is Yoda, you may have trouble getting a Facebook account. At least one woman has had that problem.

A Japanese woman named Hiroko Yoda tried multiple times to sign up for Facebook, but her requests were rejected. Why? According to Telegraph, Facebook says that the name "Yoda" is blacklisted to prevent users from pretending to be people they are not. In this case, it would obviously be Yoda of Star Wars fame.

Interestingly enough, there are a lot of people already on Facebook with Yoda in their names (some even with profile pictures of the little green son of a gun himself). Note that there are 73 people and three pages of search results for Yoda.

Apart from that, as Aaron Sorkin, who is trying to get the rights to write a movie about Facebook, noted that several other members had profiles claiming to be him.  "I understand there are a few other people using Facebook pages under my name–which I find more flattering than creepy–but this is me. I don’t know how I can prove that but feel free to test me."

Frankly, it doesn’t sound like Facebook is doing a very good job of enforcing their policy. Perhaps this is only a new policy, and they have not yet had a chance to clean up existing members. I wonder if these profiles will be shut down or their users sent notices that they must change their names.

This will probably be a hard policy to enforce anyway given the fact that lots of people have the same names. Something tells me they’re going to have to change it. How can you even keep track of what is a real name anymore? Chad Johnson is changing his name to Chad Ocho Cinco for Pete’s sake. And what about people with symbols for names?

Yoda Blocked From Facebook
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  • Guest

    "their are 73 people"

    Great copy editing.

    • Chris Crum

      Congratulations on catching a typo! Thanks for pointing it out!

      • Robert

        Some people seem to have just too much time on their hands!

        However, blocking Yoda might be a way to try and prevent user fraud.  But that’s hardly the beginning.  I’d say that at least half the profiles on Facebook are fake… even if the names don’t seem to be.

  • http://cestlav.blogspot.com eggsplash

    I got banned from Facebook for the same reason.  They could not accept my Indonesian surname and insisted I am fake.  After looking thru my ID they changed their reason by saying I am impersonating an animal.  Can’t be bothered anymore.

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Gareth – Design

    I have a friend called pot guns who was banned for the same reason! Its a crazy name but believe it or not that is his real name. He changed it from bradley chirk in 1992 by deed poll!

  • Matt Yabsley

    I do not see what this solves, just another little silly rule that is designed to help a few but in reality just annoys/slows the masses. This is the same no matter where you look in life.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=446793280 Melanie

    I was wondering, we have been trying to set up a Facebook presence for our authorized campaign using the name VINCE FLAHERTY FOR SENATOR. But Facebook automatically rejected the name and they have not replied to numerous messages about how to submit, even though there are plenty of political groups on Facebook, such as the Democratic National Committee or STUDENTS FOR BARACK OBAMA that aren’t actual people.

    Would someone please let me know if you find out how it can be done?


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