Rabbis Removed From Facebook

From Philadelphia:

Some local rabbis noticed something strange when they signed onto their Facebook accounts Friday morning — their title was gone from their profile.

Just in time for Shabbat they’ve taken the "Rabbi" away from the social network.

Chabad rabbis throughout the country began to notice the title "Rabbi" being dropped from their accounts on Thursday night, according to a source.

A simple search for the term Rabbi on Facebook reveals a slew of local Philadelphia rabbis who no longer have the title "Rabbi" at the beginning of their Facebook names.

NBCPhiladelphia.com tracked down the people over at Facebook for a response to this supposed dropping of names.

"We do have systems in place that block people from using certain words and titles in their names," said Simon Axten with Facebook.com.

"This is to prevent abuse and help maintain our real name culture, which drives accountability on the site," said Axten. 

To be fair to the Facebook people a search for Reverend and Pastor also yields few results for the Philadelphia area.

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