Deletion of 'fake' Facebook accounts of users dressed up as comic characters sparks fury
Sydney, Aug 22(ANI): Facebook's decision to delete several Cosplay Accounts, which are accounts where a person is dressed up as their favourite comic book, film or TV characters with their alias names, overnight, has angered users.
Cosplay, which is a short form of Costume Play, is believed to be a driving force of the entertainment industry, as it fills seats at comic book, film and television conventions and fills message boards online with images, competitions and discussions.
American cosplayer Iggy Tissera said his account was shutdown because he used an alias.
"The name on my Facebook account was Iggy Cosplay. It was probably removed because of the name on the account," News.com.au quoted Tissera, as saying.
Facebook's terms of service states that it reserves the right to remove the accounts of people who fail to use their real names.
A law graduate, Tissera, who enjoys dressing up as The Joker and Harvey Two Face from The Dark Knight, said he lost over 3000 contacts when Facebook deleted the account.
"I feel very frustrated and incredibly aggravated about my account being removed. What irritates me, and I assume several others who lost their cosplay accounts, is the loss of photos and contacts," Tissera said.
"I had nearly three years worth of data that I am now trying to recollect and reconnect. A clearly displayed," he added.
Another user,ValNika, aid: "I NEVER got a warning. I've had my account for two years and now its just gone. I had 600 friends and thousands of tagged photos and they're gone. I would've changed my name had I known."
Copyright lecturer at the University of Canberra, Professor Bruce Arnold said that it was likely Facebook was targeting cosplayers due to unfounded concerns for copyright and using their real names policy as an excuse. (ANI)
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