Man posts picture of passport after Facebook blocks his profile
Twenty-three year-old Phuc Dat Bich’s ordeal with Facebook is believed to have stemmed out of his name
An Australian man was forced to post a picture of his passport after tech giant Facebook repeatedly took down his account due to his name, British daily newspaper The Independent reported.
Twenty-three year-old Phuc Dat Bich’s ordeal with Facebook is believed to have stemmed out of his name, widely regarded as an expletive phrase when read phonetically in the English language, possibly prompting the website to block his website.
Bich’s name is actually pronounced Phoo Da Bic, the report added.
While the incident attracted much attention on social media, Bich posted a status earlier this year expressing his irritation at nobody believing that this was his real name.
“I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name, of which I find very offensive,” he wrote on his Facebook profile. As of Saturday, he had more than 30,000 followers.
“Having my fb shutdown multiple times and forced to change my name to my ‘real’ name, so just to put it out there. My name,” the post read above a picture of his passport.
Earlier this week, Facebook said it erroneously disabled the personal account of a user named Isis Anchalee for about a day, an action the user claimed was due to her name being spelt the same as the acronym used for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.
Anchalee, a software developer in San Francisco, on Monday posted a screenshot of a Facebook log-in page that showed a message “Account disabled”. She wrote to Facebook’s Twitter page (@facebook), “why would you disable my personal account? MY REAL NAME IS ISIS ANCHALEE.”
Many people with the name Isis - an Ancient Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and wisdom - have expressed concerns about the use of the acronym ISIS to refer to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group, which claimed responsibility for Friday’s Paris attacks.
NOTE: On Nov. 25, the same Facebook user posted a status update in which he explained that that was not his name, explaining it was a hoax. Read more here.
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