I recently came across a notice in my Twitter feed that someone has started a petition to get Facebook to allow avatars to have a Facebook page.
See here for the petition.
Maybe it’s just the cynic in me speaking, but this is doomed to fail.
First – avatars are already allowed to have a Facebook ‘page.’ With a page, you can call it anything you want – whether it’s for your business (RL or SL), your stage persona, or your SL avatar name.
What people want is to have a Facebook profile using their avatar names (or whatever name they’d like to use).
I’m sure you heard the recent upheaval when several well-known drag queens took the fight over their stage names to Facebook. Facebook agreed to ‘revisit’ their real names policy.
Now, I hate Facebook. I’ve stated that several times.
It’s a great tool for communication. I get that. I just don’t agree with their policies, so I don’t use it.
People seem to forget that Facebook is a business. What does it sell?
Your personal information – your likes, your dislikes, and whatever other information they can collect about you.
And when you sign up for a Facebook account, you agree to all of this. Including the part that says that you MUST use your RL information.
Sure, you’re free to disregard the rules and set up a profile using a different name if you want.
But that also means you agree that Facebook, if/when they discover that your account is not under your real name, can delete your account with no warning.
No one is forcing you to use Facebook.
If you don’t like their policies, there are plenty of other choices.
Take the red pill, people.