What names and characters are allowed on Facebook.com?

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FBtutorial.com — It is important to know what names and characters are allowed on Facebook when signing up or attempting to change your name at a later stage. Facebook require people to provide the name they use in real life when signing up; this makes it easier to connect with people you already know. It also helps keep the Facebook community safe.


What names and characters are allowed on Facebook


Currently, Facebook restricts users from adding any of these to their name:

  • Symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, repeating characters or punctuation.
  • Characters from multiple languages.
  • Titles of any kind (ex: professional, religious).
  • Words, phrases or nicknames in place of a middle name.
  • Offensive or suggestive words of any kind.

Other things to keep in mind when choosing a name for Facebook:

  • It it recommended that the name you use should be your authentic identity; as your friends call you in real life, and as Facebook’s acceptable identification forms would show.
  • Nicknames can be used as a first or middle name if they’re a variation of your authentic name (like Bob instead of Robert).
  • You can also list an additional name on your account (ex: maiden name, nickname, professional name).
  • Profiles are for individual use only. Facebook offer Pages for professional personas, organizations and businesses.
  • Pretending to be anything or anyone is not allowed on Facebook.
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FEEDBACK: Are you for, or against, using your authentic name on Facebook? What are some of the factors that help shape your opinion regarding this?


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    1. evelyn weaver December 22, 2015

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