Woman named Isis banned from Facebook, asked to prove identity
LONDON: A 27-year-old UK woman named Isis was denied access to her Facebook account and asked to send an identity proof by the social networking site as part of its stringent policy to erase all traces of Islamic State terror outfit known by its acronym ISIS.
Isis Thomas, a resident of Bristol in Britain, was asked to change her name after logging on to the site on June 27.Read more ↓
“I just tried to log in and when I did, the password went through and this box came up asking me something about changing my name. I was on Facebook as Isis Worcester, because when I first signed up years ago I didn’t use my real name, which is Isis Thomas, because of where I worked at the time,” Isis said.
“I thought it was about the surname, so I just changed it to Isis Thomas. But that didn’t work and I realized they had a problem with me being called Isis,” she said.
Isis’s mother had named her after the ancient Egyptian goddess worshipped as the ideal mother, wife and the patron of nature and magic.
“They sent a message saying Isis wasn’t allowed, it didn’t comply with the policy. They asked me to send in proof of identity, which I did. That was on Monday and I haven’t been let on the site since,” Isis was quoted as saying by the tabloid Sun.
“I have no plans to change my name, though, I love it. I just want Facebook to realize it’s my real name,” she said.