Facebook Inc (FB) bans Isis named woman

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A 27-year-old U.K. lady named Isis was blocked from using her Facebook account and was requested to send an identity confirmation by the social networking site, Facebook as part of its stringent policy to remove all traces of ISIS outfit.

Isis Thomas, a resident of Bristol in Britain, was requested to change her name after logging on to social networking website on June 27.

FB request name change

“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 FB 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,” Ms. Isis said.

“I thought it was about the surname, so I just changed it to Isis Thomas. But that didn’t work and I realised they had a problem with me being called Isis,” she said.

Ms. 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,” Ms. Isis was quoted as saying by The Sun.

Besides innocent people, some companies too have faced problems in the past due to their names. The US-based $7.2 billion Isis Pharmaceuticals had to change its name to Ionis Pharmaceuticals in December 2015.

A US bookstore was also repeatedly vandalized due to it being called ‘Isis Books & Gifts’, even though they have been open for 35 years.

FB crackdown on ISIS

FB has recently launched a crackdown on ISIS extremists who had used the network for propaganda purposes.

“Things have definitely changed for me and my name…It frustrates me that people still use ‘Isis’, especially when I see newspaper reports and they’ve written it ‘Isis’ instead of at least using capitals, like ISIS, because it’s an acronym,” the Bristol University worker said.

I love my name, she says

“I have no plans to change my name, though, I love it. I just want Facebook to realise it’s my real name,” she said.

“It’s as though she has never existed. I have found Facebook impossible to contact and I’m furious,” said Sian, mother of Isis.

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