Facebook have a “real name” policy that entered in implementation recently, this policy requires everyone on the site to use his or her real name, in the beginning it was thought, that this was a move to stop spammers and cyber bullies etc, which is a very positive idea, but a recent event lead many to re-question this policy!
If you get a message prompt from Facebook saying:
Please help us understand how people are using Facebook. Your response is anonymous and won’t affect your friend’s account. Is this your friend’s real name?
Then understand that:
Recently Facebook went further than any other online website have done before, the company is now asking users to snitch on their friends if they are not using their real name.
Facebook confirmed the prompt for verifying friends identities:
“We are always looking to gauge how people use Facebook and represent themselves to better design our product and systems. We are showing people information that their friends have made available to them and we indicate to the person taking the survey that their response will be anonymous to ensure them that we are not sharing their data with anyone and only looking to understand the results in an aggregate sense. Additionally, it is important to understand that we will not be using this data for enforcement actions.” but added that this is still a small test.
This would have been thought to be a sincere action, except that Facebook is actually blocking thousands of accounts, every week, some are spammers but most are not, so the question to be raised “will Facebook really not enforce this action?”
Additionally Facebook is determining the people you really know from those that you don’t (check the box below) and this obviously an interference in people’s privacy!