(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. was ordered by a German privacy watchdog to allow users to have accounts under pseudonyms on the social network.

Facebook may not unilaterally change such accounts to the real names of users and may not block them, Johannes Caspar, Hamburg’s data regulator, said in an e-mailed statement. The company, whose European headquarters are in Ireland, can’t argue it’s only subject to that country’s law, he said.

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