Facebook Emerges Victorious In Defending Its Name Policy In Germany
Has it ever crossed your mind as to how many people you chat with on Facebook exist in reality? Facebook has managed to defend its stand on its name policy in a German Court. Facebook Ireland has also got the verdict in their favor after its name policy was questioned and it was contested that the social media giant should allow users to access account with ‘pseudonyms’.
The Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) data protection agency had earlier reported that German law protects an individual from fear of unpleasant consequences and remain unnoticed and ensures the fundamental right to ‘freedom of expression' on the Internet. The social networking giant, in turn, argued that Irish data protection officials handle privacy-related issues in Europe concerning Facebook. The Schleswig-Holstein court in Germany agreed stating that users should know who they are communicating with on the Internet.
According to Facebook’s name policy, “Facebook is a community where people use their real identities. We require everyone to provide their real names, so you always know who you’re connecting with.” As a result, users are not permitted to craft MySpace-esque names with symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, repeating characters, or punctuation.
Facebook may have gotten away with its arguments but the fact remains that this decision will only cause users to be apprehensive about expressing themselves online. The Honorable judges fail to realize that online anonymity can actually aid in receiving genuine views from the public at large without being intimidated as to its consequences.