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[liberationtech] Can anyone help me get my account unblocked on Facebook?!

aestetix aestetix at
Sat Jul 4 03:11:29 PDT 2015

Is there an appropriate way to call for Facebook to be more transparent
about their data security and rentention policies?

My concern here is not that Facebook wouldn't use SSL to collect an ID,
but why they can demand the ID in the first place. Do they treat the ID
(sensitive data) differently than just an email attachment? Who has
access to it? How do they delete it? Do they have a big hard drive
filled with ID documents? Will they share ID information with
governments when subpoenaed?

There are many more questions, but Facebook would do well to at least
answer these to start with.

On 7/4/15 12:03 PM, Hassen wrote:
> Hi Steve,
> I think Inna has worries to submit her ID through an insecure online
> channel. I know the contact form use HTTPS but is there a way that she
> use the PGP encryption feature that Facebook announced lately?
> Thank you.
> Hassen
> On 04 يول, 2015 ص 03:54, Steve Weis wrote:
>> Hello Inna. I work at Facebook and have contacted you from my work
>> account.
>> I'm not in a position to discuss the merits of the policy.
>> Regardless, for future reference, under "Option 2" there is a set of
>> acceptable forms of ID that are not government issued:
>> For example, a "membership card" with your birthdate and a piece of
>> mail would suffice.
>> On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 8:57 PM, Inna Malina <p.inna at
>> <mailto:p.inna at>> wrote:
>>     I am a Ukrainian Canadian activist and my country of origin is at
>>     war. I created several groups on Facebook, including Russian
>>     Speaking Canada for Peace, a political forum, which debunks
>>     Kremlin run propaganda, and has over 1800 members. I also run
>>     fundraisers on Facebook to help orphaned children evacuated from
>>     war-torn areas of Ukraine. I am on Facebook since 2007 and don’t
>>     pretend to be someone I am not: the birthday, contact info, photos
>>     are all mine and my friends know who I am. When Russia invaded and
>>     annexed Ukrainian territory Crimea, I changed my legal last name
>>     to a pseudonym, to protect my family and people I work with
>>     outside social media from bullying by Putin supporters, since the
>>     threats and bullying online were/are abundant.  
>>     Yesterday, on Canada Day, Facebook blocked my account (obviously
>>     following a report from someone who tries to stop my activism) and
>>     demanded to confirm my name by submitting my ID online. Instead of
>>     ID I submitted a letter saying that I get regular threats and feel
>>     rather uncomfortable sending my identification documents via
>>     insecure online channels. I did add that I can show them to a
>>     legitimate representative or even in Skype, but they can’t expect
>>     a photocopy of a driving license or social insurance card to be
>>     e-mailed or submitted through some suspicious form online.
>>     Only last month Facebook has come under fire for biased political
>>     blocking of accounts of Russian opposition and Ukrainian activists
>>     who are constantly cyber-attacked by the paid army of Putin
>>     trolls. The petition, which has already collected close to 15000
>>     signatures, states:  “Facebook indiscriminately reacts to these
>>     reports by blocking the accounts of prominent Ukrainian public
>>     figures and Russian dissenters. Lately, the bans have become so
>>     frequent that we can now claim that Facebook has become an
>>     efficient tool of the Kremlin.”
>>     Facebook "real name" policy has also come under scrutiny multiple
>>     times and has been called discriminatory. Petition by performers,
>>     which collected over 40000 signatures asserts:  “Facebook tells us
>>     that "it looks like you're not using your real name," before
>>     requiring us to change it. We cannot emphasize enough that
>>     Facebook is a poor arbiter of what is or isn't a "real name."
>>     Performers with legitimate-appearing names get locked out of their
>>     accounts while people with account names like "Jane
>>     ICanBeBadAllByMyself Doe" go without scrutiny.”
>>     People using aboriginal names were discriminated by Facebook too.
>>     Just few days back, on June 30, Zuckerberg explained: “If your
>>     friends all call you by a nickname and you want to use that name
>>     on Facebook, you should be able to do that,” he said. In this
>>     case, he said, the policy “should be able to support everyone
>>     using their own real names, including everyone in the transgender
>>     community.”
>>     So it is not clear anymore, is Zuckerberg lying to Facebook users
>>     or is he simply ignorant of what his staff does. *When will
>>     Facebook start treating its users with basic respect, when will it
>>     stop political blocking and discrimination?*
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> Hassen Selmi
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> Personal PGP ID: 0x3EF06D5C
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