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Facebook blocks users with short names

Facebook users with short names have recently been blocked on the social network, as the social network struggles to deal with fake profiles.

According to the Dutch Facebook spokesperson, Damaris Beems, automatic control checks are performed to determine fake accounts. Upon suspicion of a false name, the account is blocked, and the user is asked for a copy of his or her passport to verify authenticity of the name. Those who refuse will not get their accounts back.

Internet Lawyer Axel Arnbak of the University of Amsterdam recommends against sending a copy of your passport to the U.S. “The privacy policy is very different there, and passport information can be misused.” According Arnbak, Facebook could get more and more data from its users.