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Facebook updates ‘real name’ policy to streamline verification

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 2, 2015 | 2 min read

Facebook is investigating measures to update its ‘real name’ policy by changing the identification process by which members of the social network confirm their identity – loosening the policy by which people register their identity.

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Now Facebook will seek to reduce the number of people asked to verify their names whilst also making it easier for people to confirm their identity. allow representations from people seeking to explain their situation

The new system will go live in December and was outlined in a letter penned by executive Alex Schultz who wrote: “We require people to use the name on Facebook that their friends and family know them by, and we’ll continue to do so.

“We want to reduce the number of people who are asked to verify their name on Facebook, when they are already using the name people know them by ... (and) we want to make it easier for people to confirm their name if necessary.”

The new policy is designed to meet the concerns of domestic abuse victims and others who are keen who are keen to use an alias online for protection.

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