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Facebook Can Keep Real Name Policy, German Court Rules

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  • There are so many fake accounts on Facebook, how will the real name policy be enforced? You can name yourself anything you want and get away with it. That is what I have noticed anyway.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      If I name myself Anonymous Coward, am I then everyone? No one? Anonymous? All of the above?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 15, 2013 @11:33PM (#42919243)

      The reason Facebook wants your real name is because they want to market things to you and it makes it easier.

      If you give them a fake name, then they have to go through the trouble of finding your real name from anyone you communicate with. Use facebook on a cell phone? Do your friends? Then facebook already knows your real name. [guardian.co.uk]

      To them, you are confirmed as a real user by being cross referenced by your friend's contact books. Keep your silly alias.

      • by Skapare (16644)

        Yeah, I can see it makes things easier if they want to market to me OFFLINE, to know my OFFLINE identity and location. But they offer NO VALUE to me to use an ONLINE service unless I am using my ONLINE identity. There are plenty of others that do, and they are not so full of spammers and other idios, so I see no benefit to me to bother with Facebook unless they allow my REAL identity.

    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by doctor woot (2779597)

      How easy it is to enforce the policy is irrelevant. The question is whether the policy should be allowed to exist at all, from a legal standpoint.

      Personally I don't see why it shouldn't, if you're going to make use of a service, the person offering it should be allowed to know who it is they're offering the service to. So long as it's made clear what's being done with the information at hand there doesn't seem to be any legitimate reason to disallow it.

      • by BitterOak (537666)

        Personally I don't see why it shouldn't, if you're going to make use of a service, the person offering it should be allowed to know who it is they're offering the service to. So long as it's made clear what's being done with the information at hand there doesn't seem to be any legitimate reason to disallow it.

        I agree. Especially when it's a completely FREE service! No one is forcing anyone to be on Facebook. I'm not on Facebook and I don't wish I was.

      • Exactly - I despise facebook and all they stand for, but the idea that national law can intervene on whether or not a website can allow/deny pseudonyms is even more distasteful. It's their website, they can lay down their own naming policy.

        The thing I object to is the creation of shadow accounts where they gather data on people who want nothing to do with facebook simply by extrapolating from the data of friends who are on the network. I'm not on facebook because I don't want to be on facebook, they sh
    • There are so many people breaking the law on my street, how will the insert strange and/or unreasonable law be enforced? You can do anything you want if you are smart, and get away with it. That is what I have noticed anyway.

      Fixed that for you. Just for the record, you have broken more laws than mitzvots. Doesn't make them any less ridiculous.

    • by antdude (79039) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @01:23AM (#42919707) Homepage Journal

      I used a fake name and got caught after about three weeks. :(

      • by AlanS2002 (580378)

        Got two fake accounts, then my own plus access to another three accounts that belong to others. Not been busted.

      • But did you use a real sounding made up name, or an obvious false name? It makes a big difference. Heavily salting FB with a massive number of plausible soundings fake people is how we can take the zucking leviathan down.

      • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

        You have to be smart. On G+ I used my first named transliterated into Japanese. Real enough but unsearchable forpotential employers.

    • by macbeth66 (204889) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @01:41AM (#42919771)

      Heh. No kidding. I have six accounts, all with real names. None of them mine.

    • how will the real name policy be enforced?

      Wie dies, Tommy Schweinhund! [youtube.com]

  • Define "real name" (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Skapare (16644) on Friday February 15, 2013 @11:26PM (#42919199) Homepage

    Who here knows what my "human legal name" is? Everyone online knows me by either my Norwegian nickname (Skaperen) or my Swedish nickname (Skapare). There's no point in getting on Facebook at all unless I use these names. Well, OK, I do have a couple other nicknames.

    I don't think a law should force them to accept nicknames. This should happen when Mark quits being stupid.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      This should happen when Mark quits being stupid.

      NeverGonnaHappen

    • by Grimbleton (1034446) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @12:05AM (#42919395)

      Who are you again?

    • This should happen when Mark quits being stupid.

      You may be in for a long wait.

    • by houghi (78078)

      Who here knows what my "human legal name" is?

      Here? Nobody. But now EVERYBODY knows that it isn't your real name.
      On Facebook, it will be your mom, or some old friend from school who you befriended on Facebook, but who still holds a grudge and reports you.
      I used to have an account, but there was NOTHING I liked about the daily drivel of the what people were doing. Finding old friends? There is a reason they are not my friends anymore. People part their ways for various reasons and the only things I got out of

    • by Xarius (691264)

      Not sure about the rest of the world, but in the UK you can call yourself whatever you like quite legally--as long as you're not doing it with the intent to commit fraud or break the law.

      So what is your real name when these are the circumstances?

      • by mrbester (200927)

        Your "real name" is whatever you decide to call yourself. You cab have more than one depending on the circumstances in which you use it.

        What Facebook wants is your "official name", as in what your tax office / passport agency knows you as. This, however, is a legal fiction purely for officialdom and has nothing to do with any site that functions as a social environment without connection to records of citizenship. So they can sod off.

  • to snitch all your stuff there goes like this:

    - please prove your legal identity within 8 days
    - account closed, no more access nor ownership
  • If you're buying something, be very careful but it's acceptable.

    However, on freebie sites like Facebook it makes no sense to let them see into your life.

    It's amazing how many people will rail against "corporations" and then put their entire life history, home address, pictures of friends and family, etc. into Facebook.

  • I've been using "Ã-yvind SjÃlvklart" ("SjÃlvklart" is Swedish for obviously) since someone registered on Facebook using my e-mail address sometime in the middle of last year and they haven't closed my account yet. And they didn't mind that I changed my name to that (the person who registered with my e-mail used another surname). It may be that you only get into trouble when someone reports you and a human at facebook actually looks your account. I personally do not mind if they close my accou

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