The Faceless Automation of Facebook


Facebook recently changed my “admin” status to “editor” for several pages I created. Without getting technical, I no longer have control over them. Neither does anyone else. I was the only admin.

I tried everything I could to get facebook to respond and learned that one of the largest companies in the world operates with no service department. The only response I ever got was an automated return thanking me for contacting them.

I researched the subject and the common suggestion was to disable your account. Fourteen days later facebook deletes you and everything you’ve ever contributed on their cyberspace. Meanwhile, you sign up new again so you can claim the unclaimed page.

So… I closed out my account and opened a new one. Several hours later I tried to check back in and (I’m not kidding folks) this is what facebook tells me to do:

We’re working hard to make sure everyone on Facebook can be their authentic selves. We don’t allow accounts that:

  • Use a fake name
  • Pretend to be someone else
  • Don’t represent a real person

From time to time, we check to make sure it’s really you with a few short questions before you log into Facebook. It won’t take long and it helps keep Facebook safe for everyone.

To make sure this is your account, we need you to upload a photo of your government-issued ID. Your ID should include your name, birthday and photo.

Acceptable IDs include your:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Immigration ID with signature

Please keep in mind that we can’t accept your profile picture.

Once we receive and review a clear image of your ID, we will permanently delete your attached identification document from our servers.

If you don’t have a government-issued photo ID, you can upload two alternate forms of ID. We accept:

  • Company or school ID
  • Library or gym membership card
  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill

Together, the two IDs should clearly show your name, birthday, and photo.

I’m not doing it. No way. Zuckerberg will just have to figure out how to make it without me. I am not uploading my private identification to facebook so the faceless automation can peruse my details and preside in judgement over whether I’m really me. I’m done with facebook. Catch me on twitter!

Update… I tried again a couple of days later and facebook apparently had forgotten about being suspicious of me. I’m in again, without a friend to my name.

(Bill Wyatt is owner and General Manager of WHEE)