Anti-Terror Tactics: Woman Blocked On Facebook Because Her Real Name Is Isis

Anne Sewell

ISIS is a notoriously brutal terror group, but it is also a very real name, used by thousands of people in the world. One such person is Isis Anchalee, an engineer based in San Francisco, who had her Facebook account disabled because of her first name.

No doubt everyone is relieved that the social media is taking action to expose terrorist links on their websites, but not, apparently, if your name is actually Isis.

According to the Guardian, Facebook is busy joining the fight against terrorism – "one woman named Isis at a time." The current Isis is not the only one – it's reportedly happening a lot these days.

Fortunately for Anchalee, she still has her Twitter account (at least so far), and she headed to Twitter Tuesday complaining that Facebook had blocked her account and suggesting it was because her name is Isis.

— What are THOSE (@patrickROFL) November 17, 2015

Anchalee sent Facebook a screenshot of her passport, proving her birth name truly is Isis, but apparently this didn't help. They still appeared to think she was a terrorist and her account on the social media platform remained blocked.

It was eight hours later that Facebook researcher Omid Farivar sent the following public tweet to Anchalee, apologizing for the problem, saying he doesn't know what happened but that he's reported it to the right people. He added that they are working on fixing the problem.

— Isis Anchalee (@isisAnchalee) November 15, 2015

— Isis Anchalee (@isisAnchalee) November 16, 2015

While Martinez was grateful for the response and support the petition received, she continued by saying most media outlets "continue to desecrate our name."

Getting back to Facebook, earlier in 2015, the social media giant set a policy that required people to use their real names on the social media platform. Everyone was told not to use symbols or unusual characters in their account names and not to use religious or professional titles.

It was stressed people shouldn't use "offensive or suggestive words of any kind" in their account names, and this was reportedly to "keep our community safe."

As reported in the Inquisitr, Facebook's "real name" policy caused some upset, as it was deemed to be discriminatory against certain ethnic groups, and Facebook was doing a re-think of its policy due to it being considered a human rights violation.

There were other incidents where women were attempting to hide from abusive former partners by using a fictitious name on Facebook, and were being forced to change to their real name.

In another incident, a woman went to the extreme of changing her name legally to Jemmaroid Von Laalaa, just so she could reopen her Facebook account.

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