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Facebook gets embroiled in another name scandal

You might poke some innocent fun at your Native American friend Sitting Bull while he's on the toilet, but if you're that Native American, you wouldn't want to be trolled by, let's say, Facebook.

That's exactly what happened to Shane Creepingbear, a Native American who, Facebook thinks, is using a fake name.

Through the social media's fake name policy, Facebook forces people to use their 'real' names (those in their identification documents). This policy has been criticised before, mostly by members of the LGBT community who, wanting to protect themselves in not so LGBT-friendly environments, used fake names.

Facebook was forced to apologise and promised to create a way for people to identify themselves using "legitimate pseudonyms".


As you can see from the Twitter post above, Shane Creepingbear wasn't best pleased.

But he isn't the only person with this issue. According to the Last Real Indians (opens in new tab) blog, a person named Oglala Lakota Lance Brown Eyes had his account suspended and, after wrestling with Facebook's administration, got his profile back under the name – Lance Brown.

Only after threatening with a lawsuit, was he able to get his full name back.

There are many examples of Native Americans struggling with Facebook. The social network wants people to use real names and, if the person gets suspended, he or she must provide a scanned copy of a legal document such as a passport or a driver's licence, to confirm his or her identity.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.