Reason NOT to use Facebook #212

As if we don’t have enough reasons not to use Facebook, they keep shooting themselves in the foot. Now they are not accepting Native American names as “authentic”, and making users go to the bother of sending documentation to prove their own names.

In October, a number of people — with names like Lance Browneyes and Shane Creepingbear — had had their accounts suspended because of their names … “They didn’t like the unusual capitalization,” said [Kimberley] TallBear, whose name appears as one word with a capital B on government issued identification …

TallBear says there are specific reasons that Facebook would flag aboriginal names as suspect. One of them, she says, is that the conversation about race in America generally doesn’t include indigenous people.  “There’s this national narrative in the United States that we’re all dead and gone,” said TallBear.

This whole affair shows that FB has a very Euro-centric view of “normality” and that there is a distinct lack of diversity within the organization.


Previous Don’t Use Facebook posts.

One Response to Reason NOT to use Facebook #212

  1. david parent says:

    Yes Euro Centric is right! Amazing that technology of 2015 is burdened with a 19th century mindset. Humans never stop proving Guther Grass got it right… Human progess is always two steps forward and one step backward! Facebook wins Crabwalk award for 2015!

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