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Facebook's real name problems: Man called Phuc Dat Bich repeatedly banned from social network

Published 20/11/2015

Phuc Dat Bich has been forced to share photos of his passport to prove his name is genuine
Phuc Dat Bich has been forced to share photos of his passport to prove his name is genuine

A Facebook user called Phuc Dat Bich has had to share photos of his passport to prove his name is genuine after being repeatedly banned by the social network.

Mr Bich, 23, has been accused of having a 'false and misleading' name and had his Facebook account closed multiple times.

The Vietnamese-Australian man's passport shows that his first name is Phuc Dat, surname Bich. His full name is pronounced 'Phoo Da Bic'.

Mr Bich told Facebook friends: "I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it,” he wrote.

“I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I’m Asian? Is it?

"Having my fb [sic] shut down multiple times and forced to change my name to my ‘real’ name, so just to put it out there. My name. Yours Sincerely, Phuc Dat Bich."

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Meanwhile, a woman whose first name is Isis said Facebook would not let her sign in - tweeting that the social media site thought she was "a terrorist".

In October Facebook suspended Native Americans from using the social network after deeming their names to be fake.

Drag performers and members of the trans community also reported having their accounts suspended. Facebook's chief product officer, Chris Cox, later issued an apology on the site.

Facebook’s 'real name' policy states: "We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know who you're connecting with."

Alex Schultz, Facebook’s vice president of growth, wrote in an open letter that the website will begin testing new features intended to address concerns raised by individuals upset with rules.

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