A Japanese author named Hiroko Yoda has tried to register with the popular social networking site Facebook numerous times without success. She wondered if it had anything to do with the fact that her unusual last name was shared with the famous Jedi Master? So she tried to sign up with a variation of her name, including Youda and Yohda, and she was able to register.
After contacting Facebook she claims she was told that Yoda had been placed on a name blacklist because so many members pretended to be the fictional three-fingered seer. The website only allows people to join under their real names.
“Facebook blocks the registration of a number of names that are frequently abused on the site,” the website’s message read.
“The name ‘Yoda’, also being the name of a popular Star Wars character, is on this list of blocked names.”
Under Facebook’s terms and conditions, users must agree not to “impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent yourself”.
The rules also dictate that members must not “register for a User account on behalf of an individual other than yourself”.
Yoda is a fairly common surname in Japan, and a search of Facebook reveals dozens of apparently genuine members with the name.
This is great news for my friend Maria Chewbacca!