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Facebook Thinks Some Native American Names Are Inauthentic

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If you’re Native American, Facebook might think your name is fake.

The social network has a history of telling its users that the names they’re attempting to use aren’t real. Drag queens and overseas human rights activists, for example, have experienced error messages and problems logging in in the past.

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The latest flap involves Native Americans, including Dana Lone Hill, who is Lakota. Lone Hill recently wrote in a blog post that Facebook told her her name was not “authentic” when she attempted to log in.

Facebook barred Lone Hill from signing in and asked for identification to verify her name. Lone Hill writes that she has sent Facebook three forms of ID so far. Her mother’s name is Lone Hill and her father’s name is Lone Elk.

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Facebook faced similar problems last year and announced that it had changed its policy, stating that people can use the “authentic name they use in real life.” But it appears that the social network will again have to amend its real names policy if Native Americans continue experiencing problems.

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