I want to highlight three facts:
1. When a parent goes to the registrar to register a birth, there is no Real Name Policy or Authentic Identity Policy, at least in the UK.
2. In most of the civilised world, a person is innocent until proven guilty.
3. Facebook has put a lot of money into AI systems.
These three facts don’t seem to be related, but they all relate to the problem I faced recently.
One Monday, out of nowhere, and without warning, my Facebook account was suspended because of Facebook’s new authentic identity policy.
I confirmed my name three times, but they didn't accept it and demanded proof that my name is my name. I had to send a photo of my driving licence to them, which is illegal for them to demand in the UK, and even after that, it took a day to get my account back.
Now, Ayoub is a common enough name, at least going by the number of them who have added me on Tsu, and the number on Twitter. Khote is also fairly widespread.
Not that it should matter how common or unique my name is. One upshot of the first fact above is that names are not something that can be enumerated using a one-size-fits-all method. This is why Google abandoned their name policy: there’s just no real way to handle all the various names out there.
What is most irksome, however, is the insta-ban. If your name isn't western judeo-christian enough for Facebook, then they ban you. If your livelihood depends on a Facebook page, like that of many people who have made Social Media their business, and you need to be answering questions on there, then I'm afraid you’re out of luck. This is where fact number two comes in: Facebook assumes guilt, rather than ask for clarification before banning.
Facebook should ask first, before locking out an account. Had they asked, I would have provided my information without complaint. It would have been an inconvenience, yes, but a lot less stressful. I mean, a Google search of my name will bring up professional uses and published works. If that’s not real enough, then there’s something seriously wrong with their algorithm.
Which brings me to the AI fact.
Had Facebook used their machine learning and AI expertise in the way that they claim it can be used, my account would have never been suspended. A simple web search, indeed, a simple collation of evidence based on stuff posted to Facebook itself would have confirmed my name. That they could not be bothered to do that makes this entire thing more than distasteful.
I'm not one to pull out the race card for every little thing, but this experience was the most racist one I've encountered of late. Facebook couldn't believe that my name was an actual name, despite there being a large number of Ayoubs in the world.
This is racism, pure and simple, and mine is not the only group affected by this lack of Facebook using the data it already holds to make this push of theirs easier.
Facebook needs to look at their policies with the eyes of actual humans with varied names.
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Allow me to explain.
Prospective Student Profile: College Student looking at a career opportunity in real estate. More and more "college students" are becoming "my" students. It's not something you'd expect but it's true. I have three students in pre-license classes now who are working on their undergraduate degree. They plan to make real estate their career choice.
They are tech savvy. Accustomed to the discipline it takes for online learning and they are like sponges, literally learning machines. They are driven to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.
How lucky am I? I have this opportunity to take years of experience and pay it forward!
OK, that's an interesting point from my view as the typical student - if you could say there is a typical student, and you can't - changes as the real estate market changes and the fabric of real life changes. But why am I here on G+ and why am I a member/student/candidate of
I've been asked recently by a #PYB member, why are you working so hard to learn about and be active on ?
How does your knowledge of G+ relate to your business, your school and shepherding these newbies into their career choice?
Here's the scoop:
Email received requesting information about the process of obtaining a TN License. I responded (quickly) and asked for a phone conversation explaining that to properly respond to the question, we'd need a conversation. She set the day and time - very precise - I liked that.
During the conversation I answered her questions and offered common sense advice about the process. We discussed the expenses of getting into the business so she would be prepared. Together we set a plan in motion which took into consideration her current class load, when the semester ended and I allowed her to set her own expectations. She is going to be a fantastic agent worthy of her client's support.
The tone of her voice changed completely from the initial hello.
She'd been treated with respect and was respectful in return. She'd received answers that she had not expected, all backed up by real estate commission rules and regulations rather than speculation and/or salesy talk. She was confident she could depend on the answers and make plans accordingly. She'd gone from insecure to informed and felt she had called the right person. A dependable relationship was formed.
As I always do, I asked "how did you find my school?"
She'd search Google, of course, using the exact keywords I'd determined were the most searched keywords for my services.
She noted that my school was the 2nd listing on the search results. She also noticed the Stars which encouraged her to read the Reviews of other prospective and current students on My Business Listing.
Thank you #PYBmember at for helping me get my Listing set up properly to receive those Reviews! Your help and expertise is actually helping me generate revenue!
The prospective student then went directly to my website from my listing and liked what she saw. The site answered her initial question and invited her to contact me. There was no reason to search further she told me.
I asked her how many times a week she used Google to find information She answered too many to count.
I then ask her if she would like to be found through search in that fashion. She agreed she would but asked how is that possible?
I answered: Once you've completed your required education and passed the National and State Exam, you will enter into G+ training to establish a proper profile so you can be found in search, learn to post and communicate on the Google platform and place yourself in a position to receive inquiries about your services.
Her voice changed again from confident to excited. It turns out that her mother is a real estate agent! This young student is seeing possibilities more aligned with her own preferences and aspirations and she sees the possibilities based on her very own experience today.
So to answer the question, why am I here in #PYB and G+.
I'll use what I've learned to help my students position and differentiate themselves to better communicate with prospective clients looking for information, just as this prospective student had done.
What a Country!
I love what I do!
Anyone else have questions about why I'm here?
I'll be happy to discuss further. <Big Smile>
How about you? Why are you on Google Plus and how do you plan on implementing G+ into your future. Oh, there are so many ways!
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