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OK. If you don’t want to read a rant about why I am so pissed off at Facebroke right now, then you have been warned and should just walk away. LOL
Commence bitch fest!!!
I opened my Facebroke account in early 2008 using the name “Tofu Fairy.” At the time I opened my account, I was not aware that you had to use your real name. And, you would think with technology the way it was/is, Facebroke LETTING me open my account with that name is really on them. I have used my account and never changed my name for over FIVE (5) YEARS! Never in all of that time did Facebroke tell me I was doing anything wrong. Now I will admit that sometime last year, 2012, I found out about their policy regarding what they consider “fake” names and I did not change my profile name. I was, at that point, very attached to the name and it had turned into an actual nickname that people knew and called me OUTSIDE of Facebroke. I would meet people for the first time IRL and they would say “Hey, Tofu Fairy!” and it was fun and fantastic and I loved it. Since they allowed nicknames according to their own policy, I just left it alone.
Enter last Friday morning (11-15-13). I attempted to upload a new cover photo, something I do quite regularly. After churning for a bit, I get a error box pop-up that says “Please login to your account.” I was like huh? I AM logged in. So I click the “continue” button and it takes me to a screen saying that they basically don’t think I am a real person and berating me about their rule on using fake names. They make me do a “security check” to prove I am a “real” person. I had to go thru and look at a series of 5 photo collages and identify 5 of my tagged Facebroke friends. I passed with flying colors and ID’ed all 5 of them, even though they allowed you to skip 2! After that, I signed in and tried again to change my cover photo. Once again, I was signed out and forced to go thru ANOTHER security check to prove I was a “real” person. I had to enter a captcha, enter my password, and enter a numerical text they sent to my cell phone. I did all of this and got signed in. Again, they reminded me that I was not allowed to use “fake” names.
At this point, I figured I was fucked and just had to give in to “the man” and change my Facebroke profile name to my “real” name. I was disgusted and felt bullied and sad. I had really grown attached to and felt like “Tofu Fairy” was really a part of who I was. I didn’t cry LOL but I felt like it. I felt really dramatic and angry and just trod upon. I searched thru their whole “Help” section in vain for someone to talk to about this. Facebroke has NO way for you to contact them, no way to actually
find out why you are being picked on or to even ask a question. So…I changed my account name to “Angie Lilly.” That is not my true “real” name, but it seemed to “fit” their rules. I then attempted to add “Tofu Fairy” to the nickname slot that they supposedly allow for their accounts. It got rejected. I tried to figure out why and could find NO reason why it would be denied. I finally was able to get “TofuFairy” to go thru as my nickname. It showed up on my profile page in parenthesis and I hated it. All my posts and comments just showed the “Angie Lilly” and “TofuFairy” was nowhere to be seen. I was just angry at this point. Just like Google did with their stupid G+ pages being forced down the throats of all their YouTube users, here was Facebroke pulling the same shit. Destroying any semblance of individuality or privacy I thought the “Tofu Fairy” name gave me.
So…after that name change, I tried again to change my cover photo. And what happened? You guessed it! They logged me out and gave me the same bullshit about not being a “real” person. After going thru ANOTHER security check with catpcha, passwords, and text messages, I had had it. I signed off of Facebook for the past 5 days. The only
posts showing up on my wall were via cross-posting settings with other social media accounts I have and use. Today, I signed in and found a great idea message from a friend about changing my name to reflect my family names but not my actual name. It would give me privacy, individuality, and at least partially meet Facebroke’s stupid standards. I realize that it is still not perfect for them or me, but I felt it was a good compromise and should not raise any flags in their stupid “Fake Names Trolls” Department or whatever the fuck they call it. So, I changed my profile name to “Ann Matheny.” It is a mash-up of my middle name and my paternal grandmother’s maiden name. I love the sound of it. It is not “Tofu Fairy,” but it is better than “Angie Lilly.”
As of this morning, I had not done anything on Facebroke for 5 days. So I tried again to change my cover photo. Surprise! They not only logged me out this time but they gave me this nice little message:
"Your Account’s Temporarily Blocked
You’re temporarily blocked from using certain Facebook features.
This block will be lifted in 30 days.
Using Facebook to post or create spammy content is a violation of our Community Standards. If you continue to abuse Facebook’s features, your account could be permanently disabled.”
OK. Now this REALLY pissed me off. SPAM!!!!!!!!!!! The only person I could EVER be accused of spamming is my own fucking wall! I hardly EVER post to other people’s walls! I do NOTHING that could be considered spam! NOTHING! I have not changed how I use my account since I opened it in 2008, other than to use it LESS! I use my
Facebroke account less now than I have ever used it before! I don’t know WTF is going on with my account. I have downloaded a zip file of my account just for safe keeping at this point. I feel like they are in the process of shutting it down permanently and for what? I will never know will I? I can’t contact them really. I mean they say you can when this happens; however, I know people who have taken the time to do this and all they get is a form letter response and no real answers, so why bother even trying?
So…for the next 30 days my Facebroke account is pretty much useless. I can’t do anything but status updates that I can tell. I can’t comment, even on my own posts on my own wall. I can’t respond to private messages sent to me by others even. It is INSANE!!!
And you know what I think this is ALL about at its core? MONEY! That is right…the Almighty $! I did some searches about this sort of shit and why it happens to people like me with supposed “fake” names. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! That is why! We all know that they harvest all the data we put on Facebroke and sell it to the highest bidder. This is no secret. What is interesting though, is that data attached to a “fake” name is worth A LOT less than data attached to a “real” name. SO..long story short, I am not making them any money being “Tofu Fairy.”
Well, I have one thing to say to you Facebroke. FUCK YOU! I am going away for the next 30 days and maybe forever. Oh, I will keep my account open and keep cross-posting via OTHER social networks, but I don’t know if I will ever use you like I used to. It makes me sad. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. It is a free service and all that BS. What
right do I have to bitch when I knowingly broke their rules. But here is how I feel. I am totally fine with taking responsibility for anything I did that may have caused this; however, Facebroke is really the one to blame at this point. Fuck their arbitrary rules. “Tofu Fairy” is a legitimate nickname now. So, as such, it fits their rules to a point. And when I signed up for this account in 2008 I did not sign up to make them money. Is that naive of me? Maybe, but that is the truth. The whole
concept of Facebroke was to show your true “face.” Well “Tofu Fairy” is my true face, even if it doesn’t make Facebroke any money.
Greed disgusts me. Bullying disgusts me. Facebook disgusts me. Nuff said.
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