Tuesday, June 30, 2015

You couldn't make this up if you tried!

For about the last 18 months I've been playing with Facebook. Last week I had a notice that I dismissed threatening to block me from access unless I prove I am who I say I am.

Today, I had another notice from Facebook and couldn't log into my account. Upon investigation of this screen:

There was a list of documents I should photograph and send to Facebook. It listed social security cards, drivers license, birth certificate etc...all the personal, private stuff that should never be handed out willy nilly.

Consequently I'm unable to access any of the photography groups I joined on Facebook. Oh well. I got on perfectly well before I opened a Facebook account and I shall get on perfectly well without a Facebook account.

Needless to say, I shall not be providing Facebook with any of the demanded information. Membership of Facebook is entirely voluntary and I find their demands to be pretty onerous. Thus I shall not be a member any further. This now leaves a question of whether I should try to force Facebook to delete my account.

The following is an exact copy of Facebook's demands! I think you'll agree how onerous this is.
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Submit Your Documents

We ask everyone on Facebook to use the name they go by in everyday life so friends know who they're connecting with.

Please provide identification that displays the name you'd like to confirm and use publicly on Facebook. Keep in mind that if you confirm a name other than the one currently on your profile, the name on your profile may be automatically updated with the name you confirm.

Learn more about why we require ID verification and the different types of ID we accept below.

What types of ID does Facebook accept?

You can confirm your identity in 1 of 3 ways. When submitting documentation, please cover up any personal information we don't need to verify your identity (ex: credit card number, Social Security number). We encrypt people’s connections to Facebook by default, including IDs you send to us. We delete your ID information after verification is complete.

Option 1

We will accept any government-issued ID that contains your name and date of birth. Examples include:

Birth certificate

Driver’s license


Marriage certificate

Official name change paperwork

Personal or vehicle insurance card

Non-driver's government ID (ex: disability, SNAP card, national ID card)

Green card, residence permit or immigration papers

Tribal identification or status card

Voter ID card

Option 2

You can provide two different forms of ID from the following list (ex: a bank statement and a library card, but not two bank statements). The names on your IDs must match each other, and one of the IDs must include a photo or date of birth that matches the information on your profile.

Below are some examples of IDs we'll accept:

Bank statement

Bus card


Credit card

Employment verification

Library card


Magazine subscription stub

Medical record

Membership ID (ex: pension card, union membership, work ID, professional ID)

Paycheck stub


School card

School record

Social Security card

Utility bill

Yearbook photo (actual scan or photograph of the page in your yearbook)

Option 3

If you don’t have an ID that shows your authentic name as well as your photo or date of birth, you can provide two forms of ID from Option 2 above, and then provide a government ID that includes a date of birth or photo that matches the information on your profile. We won't add the name or other information from the government ID to your account.

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How do I upload my ID to Facebook?

To upload a copy of your ID:

Take your ID and cover up any confidential information (ex: your license or passport number)Scan or take a close-up picture of your IDMake sure you can clearly see your name, birthday and photoSave the photo to your computerGo back to the contact form, click Upload and select the file containing your ID

Review the types of ID we accept.

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What happens to my ID after I upload it?

Your ID will be stored securely while we resolve your issue.

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Your ID

Save as JPEGs, if possible. You may attach up to 3 files.

First name

Middle name (Optional)

Last name


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