comscore Facebook freezes account of a woman named ‘Isis’; restores it after outcry on social media

Facebook freezes account of a woman named ‘Isis’; restores it after outcry on social media


In the aftermath of the deadly Paris attacks, the spotlight is on ISIS and the likes of Facebook and Twitter have been deactivating pages and accounts related to the radical group. In doing so, Facebook also deactivated the account of a woman whose real name is Isis Anchalee. Also Read - Facebook to now allow more cryptocurrency ads than before; here's why

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Word of Anchalee s predicament got out when she tweeted that she was unable to access her Facebook account. In a tweet directed at Facebook, Anchalee wrote, @Facebook why would you disable my personal account? MY REAL NAME IS ISIS ANCHALEE /facepalm . Also Read - Here's how you can lock your Facebook profile via Desktop and Mobile app

Anchalee, a San Francisco-based engineer, also tweeted how she had sent her identification proof to Facebook, but her account was still frozen. She wrote, Facebook thinks I’m a terrorist. Apparently sending them a screenshot of my passport is not good enough for them to reopen my account .


Shortly after her tweets went viral, Facebook researcher Omid Farivar replied to one of her tweets saying Isis, sorry about this. I don t know what happened. I ve reported it to the right people and we re working on fixing it. Anchalee later tweeted that she had got back access to her account.

The ISIS connection (or lack thereof) aside, this again shows why Facebook was so keen on its real name policy. As per its policy, Facebook wants users profile name to have their authentic name rather than a pseudonym.

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This policy however has come under heavy criticism from many quarters with many saying that it violates the right to privacy. Caving in to an extent, Facebook recently tweaked the policy with two major changes.

The first change will require users to provide additional context and explanation for using the name they do when confirming their accounts. The second change will require users who flag other users for employing alternate names to provide additional detail and information in their complaint. This has been done to dissuade people from frivolously flagging profiles, which lock the targeted user out of their profile until they can confirm they are who they say they are.

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  • Published Date: November 19, 2015 3:26 PM IST
  • Updated Date: November 19, 2015 3:27 PM IST

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