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Facebook has a real name policy that does not allow pseudonyms, and they technically can revoke your account for using a fake name. However, that is soon going to change. Prominent users will be notified to verify their account, and when they do, they will be given the option to display a pseudonym, instead of their birth name. This is great for celebrities who are more known by their nickname, not their birth name (Lady Gaga, Prince and Madonna, for example).

When a person applies for a verified account with an alternate name, Facebook will manually approve them to make sure that everything is legitimate. This prevents people from pretending to be the celebrity, and makes it easier for fans to find the person they are looking for. Verified accounts will require a valid, government issued photo I.D.

The one problem with this change is that everyone is still required to give their real name to get a verified account. This might be a problem for some, who use their pseudonym only. They may not want to advertise their real name, and forcing them to do so may deter them from using this option.

Facebook is obviously trying to compete with Twitter with this move. Twitter allows celebrities to verify their account using any name they choose, and Facebook seems like they would like a piece of that action.

Source: ZDNet


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  1. Kevin
    February 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    The reason they want your mobile phone number is so they can monitor your phone activity.  Eventually they will be able to view every piece of data you have on your phone, including your entire address book and all of your photos. It is my understanding that Apple can already do that with their I-Phone.

    • Jonathan
      February 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      All the 'monitoring' of your internet and phone activity is done for marketing (advertising) reasons. But some unscrupulous employee of those marketing firms could compromise your identity.

  2. Kevin Martin
    February 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

     I knew that this would eventually happen quite some time ago.

  3. Jane
    February 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I hate how you have to provide a mobile phone number to create a Facebook account. What are they a government department?  Soon you'll have to provide them with a birth certificate.  Scary that so many sites require you to log on with FB or similar credentials now rather than being able to create an account just for the site. Can' escape creating a social network account it would seem. Sad.

  4. Danny
    February 20, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Ok, now that FB has your photo ID with your DL number and/or SSN, why don't you provide the last bits of info they don't have....  your underwear size, blood type incl RH factor, and fingerprint or retina scan.  Then you can rest easy.

    • Dave LeClair
      February 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Well this only applies to people who want to be verified, which helps them not have people pretending to be them.