Facebook bans Selena Gomez
Life can be tough when you have the same name as a celebrity.
Do you remember when Facebook banned Mark Zuckerberg last year? Well, here we go again. This time it's Selena Gomez's turn.
No, not that Selena Gomez. A girl in New Mexico with the same name tried to sign in to her Facebook account on Wednesday and was denied with the following message: "Disabled - Inauthentic Account." She believes Facebook thinks she is breaking the rule "Impersonating anyone or anything is not allowed."
"I AM NOT AN IMPOSTOR ... My name is not hers on my page. In fact, I even put my middle name on my FB to clear up any confusion," the banned Selena Gomez told TMZ. "I did not have one single famous friend. I did not refer to myself as [the famous Selena], and I did not have any pictures of her on my page!"
Unsurprisingly, there is more than one Selena Gomez in the world. The American actress and singer may be the most famous one, but there are of course others. Gomez is a common Spanish surname, and of course Selena isn't a particularly unique first name.
It's not clear how long Gomez was using her account before she was denied access. This is not the first time Facebook has run into such problems. The company typically blames reviewers who "look at thousands of pieces of content a day that are reported to them and of course make an occasional mistake." In the Zuckerberg incident, the company explained: "When this happens, and we're notified about it, we work quickly to restore the content."
I've contacted Facebook to see whether Gomez can get her account reactivated. I'll update this story if and when I hear back.
Update, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. PT: Facebook has responded and reactivated Gomez' account. "Thanks for reaching out," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. "We were able to reactivate the account in less than 24 hours after mistakenly disabling the profile, we apologize for any inconvenience."