An Australian man named Phuc Dat Bich has had it with Facebook doubting the veracity of his name and shutting down his account several times. He shared his frustrations in a post that has since gone viral, with more than 137,000 likes and nearly 75,000 shares.
“I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it,” the 23-year-old man shares on his account, along with a photo of his passport, which shows his complete nomen. “I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I’m Asian? Is it?”
He continues, “Having my fb shut down multiple times and forced to change my name to my ‘real’ name, so just to put it out there. My name. Yours sincerely, Phuc Dat Bich.”
According to PronounceNames.com, his name, which is Vietnamese, would sound something along the lines of Fook Daet Bik, not the insulting phrase you might have in your head. (And side note, according to BabyNames.com, the Vietnamese name Phuc means "blessing.")
Facebook requires users to “provide the name they use in real life,” noting that this is to help keep users safe by letting them know who they’re communicating with. In October, the social networking site announced that it’s working on some new processes to make it easier for users to confirm their names. Facebook executive Alex Schultz said that the smoother identification process should be working by December.
And if not, maybe users can try Phuc Dat Bich’s method.
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