Facebook Needs Better “User Verification” As “Kate Middleton” Account Is Suspended

Kate Middleton Facebook Suspension - But Not The "Real" Middleton

Kate Middleton Facebook Suspension - But Not The "Real" Middleton

Let’s take a second away from the very serious business of social media technology and talk about the absurd nature of Facebook policies. Mark Zuckerberg is a very smart guy, but apparently his team isn’t. A lady in England who happens to have the name Kate Middleton was outraged this week to find out that her account was completely disabled because Facebook staff thought she was an imposter.

According to All Facebook, Middleton (the not famous one) said of her plight:

“I still can’t get on,” and “On Thursday I was logged in all day as usual. Then I went out with friends and got a call from my partner saying he couldn’t see me on there any more. Later when I tried to log in again I got an error message that said it had been disabled.”

Impersonation accounts have been removed from Facebook at record numbers over the last several months and various real users with stars names have been in that line of fire, leading to some pissed off site visitors who’s accounts have been wrongly disabled. [Read more…]