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Facebook 'real names' policy draws criticism from Native Americans


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 12:31 PM


Facebook's 'real names' policy has drawn fresh criticism following reports that some Native Americans are unable to use their traditional names on the service.

Staff at the social network have banned users for using "made-up names" such as Kills the Enemy and Creeping Bear.

The issue has been affecting Native Americans on Facebook for some years, but anti-racism group Now Colorlines has highlighted a spate of recent cases.

Facebook's naming policy has previously landed it in hot water with the drag queen community, and was hit by a petition demanding the sanctioning of stage names.

The company has made numerous changes to improve gender and racial equality, including the option to choose between 50 different genders, but admits that there is still work to be done.

"Over the last several months, we've made some significant improvements in the implementation of this standard, including enhancing the overall experience and expanding the options available for verifying an authentic name," a Facebook spokesperson told The Telegraph.

"We have more work to do, and our teams will continue to prioritise these improvements so everyone can be their authentic self on Facebook."


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