[ Updated… to make sense! Well … just a little bit. ]
The name game… Facebook style. In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is now enforcing their policy to force users to use their birth names instead of using aliases. For some reason, the concept of alias has totally escaped this billion$ dollar company… with all its brain power they somehow couldn’t grasp that simple natural human concept.
Mark Suckerberg said that people who use aliases or have more than one identity, i.e. stage name and legal name, lack integrity. Wow. That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. And this is coming from a company who lacks that very attribute!
“No” Hidden Agenda?
Willam Belli is fortunate to be using the same name for both drag and real life. Her stance on this subject is… “can’t stand the heat? get out of the kitchen.” Easier said than done. She always knows how to draw attention to herself. Like Chick-fil-A for example, it was about a fast food chain refusing to serve LGBT folks. She made it her own, and it made her tons of money … lol, I’m not really sure how much money but the song and video she created out of it was a big hit! And I’m quite sure she gained a lot of publicity.
Clearly, others berate users who complain about this policy change in an effort to draw attention to their own selfish agenda … like that drag profile site. If a site looks down on member concerns as a way to entice them to sign up, drag mothers know what kind of low blow shenanigans they’ll cook up next to get what they want. Maybe this is not their intention, but it does seem like it.
Unfortunately, for the rest of us, having only one “identity” isn’t realistic nor is it practical … or even safe. People behave differently depending on the social setting or circumstance – like when around peers, family, work, … church, the bath house, … etc. We all have nicknames too, and I bet Mr. Suckerberg has few of … I’m guessing… Zuck, Princely, Slayer, curley, or White guy? Is he gonna ask his mother to only call him by his birth name only to keep his “integrity” intact?
Great Power Comes With Great Respo… (cough) Cheeky
“You don’t like Facebook’s policy? Leave!” (cowardice) approach is not an option for a lot of users. Sure, the site is “free” and people who use it can go elsewhere if they disagree with the Terms of Service. I have, and I’m trying. But the fact is, not everyone can just up and leave. Like me, some of the people I interact with only uses Facebook, so I have no choice but to stay active on the damn site to stay connected with them. One can’t just opt out when something as pervasive as Facebook makes stupid policies like this. If Facebook where a small company this matter would’ve been easier to resolve. Well, it’s not … Facebook is huge, its service impacts millions of users worldwide. It’s not something you simply turn your back on. When a great number of people rally together to make a positive change, things will eventually happen.
Not Just Drag
I don’t think it’s right to oversimplify what is happening on Facebook. Because it’s not just drag queens who are getting hit by this silly policy, ordinary people too are affected. Like those who have abandoned their legal names and are living the life they always wanted … hint hint #LGBTQ, those who are using aliases to avoid persecution in their home country or community, those who uses Facebook to draw attention to real-world issues … like whistleblowers and advocates, those who use an alias for professional work, etc. There are so many reasons. Confining this issue to just drag queens shows how out of touch of real-world situations some of these people are. And NO, you can’t just brush off other users who are not drag queens who are affected by the same policy … because it’s not the right thing to do!
Facebook users pay, in kind, and then some!
Tangent time: Facebook users should get a cut of the ad revenue generated on their Facebook page. Unlike search engines, where ad impressions are based on the user’s search criteria and not on the indexed data itself, the ad revenue is not due to the consumption of the actual content, which is what Facebook is all about. That is, content users created. So why not share revenue to members who helped generate the ad revenue instead of continously fleecing members for money, right? Have some sort of … integrity.
And it is wrong to say that Facebook users aren’t paying. How the F do you think the damn company is making money? The ads they relentlessly put on your page, money you pay for games, the “Boost available” button on your page asking you to pay to get “broader reach” with your post (which I think is a sham), the traffic you bring to the site when you post something cool, the photos and videos you submit, your likes and tagging, the content of others you share, … and other activities you do on the site that helps generate traffic … THAT’s your payment! Facebook has exploited content you produce, including your personal information, without paying you a single dime! If that’s not paying Farcebook… think again! Membership can be paid in more ways than one. Nothing is free!
Facebook is no longer a simple site people use to mingle online … it’s a public service. For a site with 1.28 billion active users (Q2 2014) … that’s a lot of people they can screw up. Its also a lot of revenue generating traffic for the company. They have a moral right to serve the world with good conscience and without malice. And frankly, what they’ve been doing for years now has been a huge disservice to its users, whom they’re profiting from!
Privacy … is a Right NOT a Privilege
Nobody should ever have to disclose information they’re not willing to give, especially legal information, to any organization that aren’t meant to collect it, who has no business hoarding it. Its a website not the government, bank, university, or freakin’ United Nations! So please … get real Facebook.
If Facebook has integrity, at all, their registration page should have asked for some sort of verifiable form of identification from the get go … like credit cards, but they didn’t. How’s that for integrity! They’re sneaky.
“When it comes to protecting your privacy, especially in social media, only post information you can afford to lose or get leaked.” ~me
I hate Facebook.