Facebook.com’s current usage policy is insisting people to use “real” names, a move that could destroy the privacy of people who use stage names or pseudonyms online for both safety and personal reasons.
It appears that enforcement of the policy has been stepped up recently. Facebook recently contacted a number of high-profile users of stage names and pseudonyms informing them that they would be locked out of their Facebook accounts until they correct their stated name.
In response, Activist/Fundraiser, MC/Hostess, Columnist and Ordained Minister Sister Roma is heading a protest.
Roma posted on her Facebook profile, “We are mobilizing! Protest the Legal Name Policy at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park on Tuesday 11am. Meet at 9:30 am, Safeway parking lot on Market and Church. Dress in your chosen identity. Bring signs, bullhorns. Make some noise. Expect press. We need bodies to show that we are real. Please share. Use the Hashtag #MyNameIs_______ & #MyNameIsRoma ”
UPDATE: Facebook has announced that they wish to meet with performers to discuss the heavy-handed policy. In response, it has been announced that the protest has been canceled for now…