“It’s very upsetting to me,” Elk Looks Back said. “I feel this is harassment and another form of racism us Native Americans are facing, especially considering there are a lot of actual fake accounts, but here we are being targeted for our real names.”
“To date I have sent 3 forms of ID, one with a picture, my library card, and a piece of mail in file form. I received a generated message to be patient while they investigate to see if I am a real person,” she wrote.
A Facebook spokesman told The Washington Post earlier this week that “having people use their authentic names makes them more accountable, and also helps us root out accounts created for malicious purposes, like harassment, fraud, impersonation and hate speech.”
Native Americans are hoping Facebook apologizes to them the way it did last October to “drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community” who complained of not being able to use the names they use in their daily lives.
As of Saturday afternoon, a petition “To Allow Native Americans to use their Native names on their profiles” on change.org has garnered nearly 14,000 signatures.