Facebook may require real IDs for users soon

Genesis

Administrator
Not sure whether any one else has heard news that Facebook may require users to use their real ID soon. It apparently started with a court case in Germany where Germany wanted access to who the users were. Refer article of Feb 2013:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415487,00.asp

I've never been a Facebook fan before, because of how chaotic it is, and of course lots of identity theft happening on the Internet too. But I felt OK with an alias. If Facebook is going to require authentication of ID, etc. then I'll probably no longer be using it. Worries me though as maybe this is where the rot starts with countries trying to use huge companies like Facebook and Google to control how we surf the Internet.
 

jaran

New member
I will deleting my FB account if it will do. Question for FB team is "Who are you think who you are ?". Are they God or my President? No no no. 100% I disagree with this policy.
 

GigaGreg

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Staff member
Never delete/deactivate ur facebook accout, just log off and dont use it. When u deactivate or delete your account, then all of the images/pics, posts, comments etc will be avaliabe for the facebook, and they will be able to do everything, as it means.... You delete it = we will take it and use for ourselves.
 
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RKane

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Things are getting more ridiculous with or governments and our privacy. The Internet used to be a more free, anonymous place where a person could express themselves freely without having to worry about backlash as long as no harm was done. Now governments have free access to our internet history and companies that have too much money and power are going to impose ridiculous rules?

I don't use Facebook all that much anyway so not using it would not hurt Mt feelings much, but damn.
 

lestaria

New member
RKane said:
Things are getting more ridiculous with or governments and our privacy. The Internet used to be a more free, anonymous place where a person could express themselves freely without having to worry about backlash as long as no harm was done. Now governments have free access to our internet history and companies that have too much money and power are going to impose ridiculous rules?

I don't use Facebook all that much anyway so not using it would not hurt Mt feelings much, but damn.

I agree with you. My friend and I are really concerned (if not paranoid) about the government's privacy issues to the point of taking action to protect ourselves. As silly as that may sound, we see the need to do something about it. She says the government even tapped her home phone and that she knew they were listening to her conversations with her mother because there were clicking sounds every so often on the line. Since she told me this, I have installed a VPN on my cell phone (not sure how effective those actually are, but I thought I'd try it). I refuse to use landlines though.

Anyways back to the topic at hand, Facebook may require users to use their real IDs... If they do that, I will simply not use my Facebook anymore. I hardly go on it as it is now since I use Skype and my phone. (Yes I am aware that Skype records all of their conversations but it is one of the only ways I have of contacting my friend [the same one I mentioned above] so I'm just extra careful about what I say and do).
 

Genesis

Administrator
I really think Facebook (and for that matter Google, Microsoft and Adobe too) needs to get decent competition. Or better yet, people should be able to create their own Facebook sites for their families and friends - almost the equivalent of "reseller" social networking sites.
 

admin

Administrator
Staff member
Reseller social networking site's, I like the sound of that, although in theory I doubt it would actually work. How many networks would you have to subscribe to? just to stay in touch with your dearest and beloved.
 

Genesis

Administrator
DJB said:
Reseller social networking site's, I like the sound of that, although in theory I doubt it would actually work. How many networks would you have to subscribe to? just to stay in touch with your dearest and beloved.
That's a good point. Maybe they could interlink one another. Darn, you're right. This would probably explode into even more spam and chaos than we already have. Unless it is uniquely done. I.e. all family and friends would need to register for each reseller group.
 

jaran

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I didnt know how far relationship about Facebook with Google. But I've never seen Facebook have page one on Google when we input some keywords into it. Its also happening to other social network. I though they have hidden purpose for that.
 

dxverm

New member
I agree with you Genesis, that is going to far. And the governments in general are going to far. I mean is the next great war gonna end up being over privacy? More than likely! Someone needs to put an end to all of this, the internet was such a better place when it was open, free to say what you want and not have big brother being able to see every keystroke.
 

jcm777

New member
One side it is a good idea and on the other its bad. If you see all the fake accounts and stupid postings in FB its annoying. Especially you use FB as a company to get and bound your customer. And then you have some people they open a blackmail campaign to you. A friend of mine has this problem at the moment.
 

dazzleglamnails

New member
I seldom use Facebook, it's too overloaded with apps, requests, and nonsense. If they plan to make us use our I.D. I will drop them in a second. Their site isn't anything spectacular, I can live without them, their service and spamming of unrelated post on my news feed is getting out of hand.
 
I seriously don't see the point in facebook, I consider that site to be nothing more than a scam controlled by information collecting agencies, paranoid, maybe but I couldn't care less if it is or not.

I actually had a facebook account for a short time, seems someone there decided to play the fool and suggested to someone there that I wasn't me, I was blocked from the site and was told I am not me and that I was violating their terms of service. Okay so I'm not me, I saw their childish reasoning and decided they could keep their weird little games to themselves, I'm not really me, what a bizarre thing to say to someone. Ah who cares, I couldn't figure out the point to the site any way so no loss to me what so ever, I much prefer forums, more personal and a lot less chaotic.
 

Genesis

Administrator
Briar Spirit said:
I seriously don't see the point in facebook, I consider that site to be nothing more than a scam controlled by information collecting agencies, paranoid, maybe but I couldn't care less if it is or not.
Great description. And making money for someone else. I'm not a facebook fan myself. I'd also never have an account in my own name with facebook. Just don't trust it.
 

inupinu

New member
I am a bit new user of facebook. I tried a facebook page but found it difficult to promote. Now trying with facebook group which seems to be easier for me.