After much criticism, Facebook has decided to make some major changes to the way it enforces its real name policy. Without a doubt, December was the month when the social network has made big changes.
But, it seems that they will not stop here, because starting today Facebook users will receive a new system for reporting fake names, plus a new system for responding to those reports. The question is if this is a good thing or a bad thing? Of course, it is a good thing, especially for public people or stars who are having several pages that are using their name.
This new change is not coming from nowhere because Facebook has promised ever since last October that they will make huge changes to their real name policy. The change is coming after a huge number of false account flagging incidents. It is not a secret that the famous social network requires people to use their real name or the names their friends and family know them by. So, what changes have been made to the real name policy?
Well, for starters, people had the chance to report the fake name, but now, they will have to provide more context and information around why they are reporting that particular name. To be added that in the past people just had to press one button to report the name.
The second new thing it that Facebook is testing a new feature for people to verify their name if someone else flags it. This way, people who use that name have the chance to defend it. How? Well, after they get flagged, they have approximately a week to describe their situation before the social network suspends the account.
“However, after hearing feedback from our community, we recognise that it’s also important that this policy works for everyone, especially for communities who are marginalized or face discrimination. That’s why we’re continuing to make improvements in this area,” Facebook declared. However, they will not stop here, because they have declared that they will always look for new ways to improve their policy.