The Avatar Family Runs Afoul of Facebook’s Real Name Policy

An avatar is an icon used to represent someone online. It’s also an “epic science fiction film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver,” or so…

Facebook Must Allow Fake Names, Says German Regulator

Facebook’s real name policy, which prevents people from using the service with pseudonyms, has pissed off a lot of people – especially as of late. Facebook’s policy has drawn the ire of the transgender community, domestic violence victim, privacy advocates,…

Facebook’s Real Name Policy Compelled a Woman to Change Her Name to Jemmaroid Von Laalaa

Facebook’s “real name policy”, as it’s been called, is frustrating to a lot of people. Facebook has long required its users to use their real names on the site, and this has been controversial for many years – but a…

Facebook’s Real Name Policy Keeps People Safe, Says Zuckerberg

Facebook, a longtime supporter of LGBT issues, has come under fire in recent months for a policy that, according to those in the transgender community, is incredibly harmful. Facebook requires its users to use their real names on the site.…

Google Abandons Real Name Policy for Google+, Apologizes for the Confusion

After years of complaints from users, Google has finally caved and dropped the real name policy that governed Google+, which in turn affected many other Google entities. In an apologetic post, Google admits that their name policy has “been unclear”…

Facebook Stops That Weird “Is This Your Friend’s Real Name” Survey

It’s not likely that you’ll receive a message from Facebook asking you to rat on one of your friends, as the company has confirmed that a recent test involving users’ real names has been completed. Last week, Facebook began sending…