A 27-year-old woman from Bristol, England, has been banned from Facebook because her name is the same as a jihadi terrorist organization.
Isis Thomas attempted to log in to her social media account earlier this week, but was redirected to a page requesting she change her name. Islamic State, or ISIS, is a radical Islamic terrorist organization in the Middle East that has perpetrated terror attacks across the globe.
“I was on Facebook as Isis Worcester, because when I first signed up years ago, I didn’t use my real name, which is Isis Thomas, because of where I worked at the time,” she told The Sun. “I thought it was about the surname, so I just changed it to Isis Thomas. But that didn’t work and I realised they had a problem with me being called Isis.”
The name Isis apparently did not abide by Facebook’s policy, and it appealed for proper identification to verify her name. According to the Sun, the woman sent in proof that her name was indeed Isis. She was named Isis to pay tribute to the ancient Egyptian goddess, who is exalted as a great spouse and mother.
“I used to work in a doctors’ surgery and had my name on a badge. People would comment on it a lot, try to make jokes or tell me it was unfortunate,” Isis told The Sun. “It frustrates me that people still use ‘Isis’, especially when I see newspaper reports and they’ve written it ‘Isis’ instead of at least using capitals, like ISIS, because it’s an acronym.”
Isis does not plan on legally changing her name and just hopes that due to her official documentation, and even potential public outcry, her Facebook account will be reinstated.
This is not the first incidence of Facebook removing users for coincidentally having the same name as the militant group. The social media conglomerate suspended the profile of a woman named Isis Anchalee just last year.
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