Last night Sister Anne posted via Twitter.
Facebook disabled my account! They claimed that SrAnne was a fake name. Please FB members, take my part and help me get reinstated!
Facebook has done other odd things in the past such as remove the Father and Sister from the front of the names of Catholic priests and religious. This is done in the name of making sure only real people are on Facebook which is an impossible task. I know one person who has a Facebook page for their dog. Now there is an understandable concern for fraud in building a fake persona, but it seems to me that if they have an account they are suspicious of they could easily ask the Facebook friends of that person or ask for some proof before disabling an account. Seems rather heavy handed.
Sister Anne who is a Daughter of St. Paul (getting disabled at the start of the year of St. Paul is mildly ironic) updates on her blog.
I used SrAnne as my name because Facebook had earlier deleted the “Sister” from “Sister Anne.” I just wrote(firstname.lastname@example.org) to protest (mildly), saying that SrAnne was as close as I could get to my real name, given the restrictions on titles in FB. “Sister Anne” appears on my passport; doesn’t that count as a “real” name?
So if you are on Facebook please write them at email@example.com as I did.
Update: Her page has been restored after she had to send a picture of a page from her Passport.