Facebook loses battle over users’ fake names in Germany – BBC News

The Hamburg data protection authority said the social network could not change people’s chosen usernames or ask them to provide any official ID.The ruling came after Facebook blocked an account set up by a woman using a pseudonym and changed it to her name.Facebook said it was disappointed with the ruling, which German courts had previously said met European law.”The use of authentic names on Facebook protects people’s privacy and safety by ensuring people know who they’re sharing and connecting with,” the company said.

Source: Facebook loses battle over users’ fake names in Germany – BBC News

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