Swift pwns Fakebook

When I had online access all the time, I didn’t get out enough. Now that I don’t, I don’t get on enough….

On the week I decided  to start using, as I like to call it, my non-pseudonym on Facebook, all this happened to poor ol’ Jon Swift and I missed it.

The popular social networking site has always prided itself on the authenticity of its users identities. In many ways these policies have been helpful in constructing accurate social graphs, but in the case of Swift (who has named himself after the 18th century political satirist), things seemed to have gone awry.

“Fake accounts are a violation of our Terms of Use,” read Facebook’s email to Swift. “Facebook requires users to provide their real first and last names. Impersonating anyone or anything is prohibited. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reactivate this account for any reason. This decision is final.”

Harsh. And fortunately, completely non-final:

Users creating a group named, “Let Jon Swift Back into Facebook” probably helped too. According to an update on the pseudonymous blogger’s site, his account has been reactivated along with an apology from the social networking site. “Since others on the site seem to know you by this name,” explained a Facebook staffer to Swift, “and since you don’t appear to be using the name to impersonate or to hide your identity, we have determined that you are not violating these Terms. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Jon has the last word:

All we are saying is that what we do on the computer in the privacy of our own basements or offices is nobody’s business but our own and Homeland Security’s.


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