Yet Another Victim of Facebook Racial Profiling
December 15, 2010 @ 8:54 pm (Permalink)
I’ve already Twittered about this and posted my unhappiness about this on my friends-only LiveJournal, but I figured I’d blog about it here, too. Long story short, I discovered today that Facebook had logged me out of my account. I tried to log back in, but I was greeted with a “Your account has been disabled. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here” message.
Someone who manages Facebook must think that I am using a fake name with my account. My guess is that they’ve seen pictures of me, seen that I am Asian, and decided that I am using a very non-Asian name, a fake name to fool people all over their precious social networking service.
Honestly, that’s the only logical conclusion I can think of.
Logical or not, I’m infuriated. I’ve registered a Facebook account in October 2006, and I’ve always used one name on that thing, and it was my REAL first and last names. I do have several nicknames/aliases I go by online, but I’ve always used my real name on Facebook.
I found out from a friend that this is called “racial profiling”. Apparently, I am not the first person they did this to, and I probably won’t be the last. I really do not appreciate this kind of typecasting/stereotyping/what-have-you. I know plenty of Asians with non-Asian names, and for that, I also know there are non-Asians with Asian names.
I’ve sent a support request about this, and I hope they re-enable my account with everything on it. I’ll have to continue using it because I’ve got many treasured friends and families who only uses that as our mode of communication, but I’ve now learned to never trust these people again. Over the years, I’ve been annoyed with Facebook as a whole, but this just takes the cake for me.