October 4, 2007
@ 04:00 AM

Mini-Microsoft has a blog post up to let us know that his Facebook account was cancelled. In the comments he clarifies he wasn’t specifically targetted and this is just part of the Facebook terms of service. He writes

For those who probably will never see this Facebook help-topic, this is what I've been directed to:


The only relevant text that I can find:

"Facebook does not allow users to register with fake names, to impersonate any person or entity, or to falsely state or otherwise misrepresent themselves or their affiliations."

I imagine they only do something when someone complains vs. being constantly policing things. And someone out there (scanning the crowd of exceptionally good looking people who visit here) must have taken it upon themselves to complain.

I didn’t realize that if I don’t provide 100% accurate data about myself (thus making identity theft easier) I could get my account banned from Facebook.

I can understand why they want to encourage people to use real names since they want to be the kind of place that have users like “Dare Obasanjo” and “Robert Scoble” not ‘carnage4life’ and ‘scobleizer’ since the former implies a more personal experience.

However it seems dumb to be trying to replicate Friendster’s mistake by killing off every account that didn’t conform to their standards. There are ways to encourage such behavior without being jerks as they’ve clearly been in this case.

Now playing: Dem Franchize Boyz - Oh I Think They Like Me (remix) (feat. Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat & Lil Bow Wow)


Thursday, October 4, 2007 3:13:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I would argue that the aggressive position against fake profiles and pseudonyms is what engenders a big chunk of the trust people have in Facebook. The system is dedicated to meatspace relationships. It's not an anonymous blogging platform.
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