Facebook is promising to make modifications to its policy which currently require users of its social networking site to use their real names instead of fictitious names. Under the existing policy, troublemakers (Trolls) can take advantage of the enforceable policy by reporting users and getting users suspended from the site.
Both the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation have both responded by reaching out to Facebook asking them to improve and update their policies around real names, as it also affects Native Americans and Transgender individuals in addition to the issues with reporting users unfairly.
Facebook has said that they will make some “minor tweaks” to the policy next month but didn’t go into deep detail of what it would be changing in its policy.
As of Today, once your account has been flagged for not using your real name to have your account re-instated you must submit proof of your name but when the policy is updated, users can also submit context and details about their case for their name.
“This should help our Community Operations team better understand the situation,” Alex Schultz, Facebook’s VP of growth, wrote in a letter released today. “It will also help us better understand the reasons why people can’t currently confirm their name, informing potential changes we make in the future.”
In addition, any users that attempt to flag users for not using their real name must also explain why they are reporting the individual to help cut-down on the harassment of folks.