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Facebook Changes its Real Name Policy

Posted on 11.01.2015

Facebook is testing out different ways to improve its controversial and confusing real names policy and how users on the world's largest and most popular social network actually confirm their identity. 

Changes in the process are expected to be operational by December, according to a letter sent to organizations including the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and the EFF (Electronic Fronteir Foundation), from Facebook executive Alex Schultz. 

Facebook wants to reduce the number of people who are asked to verify their name on the network in order to confirm their identity, when they are currently using the name people know them by. Users of the popular social network don't actually have to use their real names, but must use the name they use in real-life.

It's a confusing policy in general, and one important to domestic-abuse victims as well as those in the LGBT community as they may face harassment if they are forced to use their legal name. 

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