UK woman named Isis denied access to her Facebook account

Jul 03, 2016, 09:30 IST | Agencies

UK woman denied access, asked to send identity proof

London: A 27-year-old UK woman named Isis was denied access to her Facebook account and asked to send an identity proof by the site as part of its stringent policy to erase all traces of ISIS terror outfit.

Isis Thomas, a resident of Bristol in Britain, was asked to change her name after logging on to the site on June 27.

“I just tried to log in and when I did, the password went through and this box came up asking me something about changing my name. I was on Facebook as Isis Worcester, because when I first signed up years ago, I didn’t use my real name, which is Isis Thomas, because of where I worked at the time,” Isis said. “I thought it was about the surname, so I just changed it to Isis Thomas. But that didn’t work and I realised they had a problem with me being called Isis.”

Isis’s mother had named her after the ancient Egyptian goddess worshipped as ‘the ideal’ mother and wife, and the patron of nature and magic.

“They sent a message saying Isis wasn’t allowed, it didn’t comply with the policy. They asked me to send in proof of identity, which I did. That was on Monday and I haven’t been let on the site since,” Isis said.

She said she has no plans of changing her name.

FB recently launched a crackdown on ISIS extremists who use the network for propaganda purposes.

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