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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

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Facebook questioned high school football star's identity

Plano, TX- "Facebook needs to get its 'real-name-only policy' s--- together," said high school senior Lee Taylor.

Last week, the social network giant allegedly kicked the famous Plano High School football tailback and the school's all-time leading scorer off of its site, and then asked him to change his posted name to Scott if he wanted to return.

Taylor -- known for his outspokenness and awesome 2008 Mustang -- went on a rant about the incident on Twitter, where he has more than 85 followers. Facebook eventually "caved like a bitch," he wrote yesterday.

Here's a condensed play-by-play of what happened, according to Taylor's Twitter feed, which has been condensed for everyone's benefit:

"Amazeing. (sic)2 days ago FB deactivated my page saying they didn't believe I was me. I had to send a photo of my Birth certificate," he wrote. "Then they said yes, I was me, but told me I hafta (sic) use the name Scott which is before Lee on my birth certificate and I haven't never used."

"Now they have reactivated my FB page as Scott Taylor,' even though the world knowing (sic) me as Lee. F------ idiots. You payin (sic) attention @MarkZuckerbergF?"

Facebook did not respond to requests for comment about the incident.

Yesterday, his Facebook page, with "Lee" showing as his first name, appeared to have been reactivated by the social network.

His recent problem raises issues with Facebook's policy of requiring people to use their real names when they register with the site.

People who don't use their real names may be considered non-compliant with Facebook's rules and could have their accounts deactivated.
"Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way," Facebook's terms of service document reads.

Taylor's situation shows how difficult it can be for people to prove who they are. He submitted his birth certificate to Facebook, he wrote, yet still had problems.

"I mean, this is the exactly the sort of thing that makes you wonder what their real names policy is all about," said Student Body President and Taylor's ex-girlfriend Shelly Beaton. "Seriously, what is the point of forcing Lee to go by Scott Taylor? How does this benefit the social Web? Scott's a dumb name."

Taylor taunted Facebook on Twitter before the site relented and reposted his page.

"Dear #Facebook, forcing me to change my FB name from Lee to Scott Taylor is totally dumb. You guys suck!"

It is unclear if this vicious attack at the hands of Taylor is what changed Facebook's mind, or if they decided they really just didn't care all that much.

He later took to Twitter to declare his win over the social network:
"Victory! #Facebook has caved like a bitch! I'm Lee taylor (sic) again, yo!. I feel SO much better. Going out tonight and geeting (sic) TORE UP! (sic) Thank you Twitter! And thank you Plano!! Go Wildcats!!!"

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