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Martha Wells

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For people on Facebook, I've just tried to log on and found out my account has been disabled. There was so explanation of why. It's telling me I have to upload a government-issued photo ID (preferably my driver's license) with my name, address, and birth date on it. I'm not going to do that, so I guess I won't be able to use Facebook again. If you're on my friends list, I'd appreciate you letting people know I won't be logging on again. Also, say goodbye to my family for me, because that's the way I hear from most of them.

ETA: even if I wanted to give them a photo ID, I don't have one under the name Wells. Wells is my writing pseud.

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Oh no!!!! That doesn't sound right at all!!!! D:

I've posted, with a link to the explanation you gave on Twitter. It seems like someone there didn't think through the ramifications of professional-use-names versus legal documentation names.

Imagine that, Facebook screwing the pooch. Who'da thunk it?

Edited at 2013-08-07 05:36 pm (UTC)

Thanks. Yeah, it's typical of them, but... augh.

They say if you do upload it, they'll delete the ID once it's all straightened out, but they also once said that when photos are deleted they're not recoverable - so forget that.


My big problem is that I don't have ID under the name Wells -- it's a writing pseud.

Is there anything in your writing contracts that indicates it is your pseudonym and reflects also your legal name? There have to be other writers on FB under their pseudonym. It is a safety and security issue, really.

I think the problem is Facebook taking itself far too seriously.

Grrr! I'm sorry they're being jerks.

That seems like it would be a bit much, even for Facebook. But then it seems like Facebook is always updating their policies in one way or another.

And that reminds me that I have yet to decide on a pseudonym for myself (I have a rather common name, as it seems, one or two of which are already attributed as authors).

This sounds really fishy to me. I've never had to provide any ID at all for my account, let alone one with a photograph.

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It was actually Facebook -- someone told me they did the same thing to Salman Rushdie a couple of years ago, and because his name was different on his passport he had trouble getting his account back until the NYT did a story on it. But the situation actually got weirder this evening. My husband's account was also disabled at the same time, (and we had people check, and both accounts were completely gone, you couldn't even tag us) but he uploaded an image of his driver's license to them and then realized a little while ago that his account was now back. He checked, and mine was back too, even though I had never uploaded any ID. So I'm just an annex to my husband? Or it's okay if I'm a fake person as long as he's real? It's like, WTF?

So it was all a stupid non-event, for no reason. I'm relieved to have it back because of all the people I keep in touch with there who aren't online anywhere else, and for getting book news out, and I'm in a couple of groups that are organized through FB, including one for a shared world anthology it would be a real pain not to have access to.

And I'd heard about Owl Goingback having that problem, that really sucked that he had to deal with that.

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