Ken sending a personal plea on Facebook to former Facebook President Sean Parker
Facebook recently announced plans to make it easier for people who go a name other than their official legal name to continue using that pseudonym on Facebook --
Facebook will now allow users to provide details on why they’ve chosen a certain name for their account if it’s not their legal name. Facebook will now allow users who are flagged for using a possibly inauthentic name to be able to get back into their locked accounts more easily. And the burden of proof will now be placed upon the people who flag a name as fake, according to [Facebook VP] Schultz. Those reporting an allegedly fake name will have to provide some evidence, in an effort to prevent trolling, a frequent complaint among trans users.
However, none of this is much comfort to Internet pioneer Ken "R.U. Sirius" Goffman, who tells me he's still banned from using Facebook as R.U. Sirius, despite making a personal plea to Sean Parker, Facebook's first President (you know, Justin Timberlake in the movie), who's a personal fan of Sirius' influential magazine Mondo 2000. (With a masthead listing the editor-in-chief as being, you know, R.U. Sirius.) In fact, Ken tells me, his efforts to communicate with Facebook are pretty Kafka-esque:
"[T]hey reactivated my account… under just my real name without responding to or acknowledging the R.U. Sirius part of my request or the attachment showing R.U. Sirius and Ken Goffman occupy the same corporeality," he says. Worse, he had important data on his now-dead Sirius account he could no longer access: