Be who you wanna be on Facebook

14 February 2014

Facebook flags Facebook has added a host of gender identities, alongside the old school male and female.

Facebookers in the US can now select ‘other’ in the new settings and choose one from up to 50 genders to be displayed on their profile page. Among these terms are cisgender, transgender, intersex, androgynous, bi-gender and gender fluid.

There’s also the option of them being able to choose their preferred pronoun, such as he/ his and she/her, and Facebook will tailor their prompts and messages to suit.

Also as part of the move, Facebook is making it possible for users to choose who can see their gender and who cannot.

"When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organisations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self," the social network wrote on its Facebook Diversity page. "An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just 'male' or 'female'."

And in a nice "Yeah!" touch, they've even hung some lovely flags at their Californian headquarters.

TOPICS:   Social Media

1 comment

  • Alexis V.
    If 'gender' is such a bloody complicated question nowadays, just do us all a favour and change it to 'I have a penis', 'I have a vagina' or 'I have neither or both'. Or face the fact everybody has to use toilets with one of two signs on the door and just ask "When I'm in a supermarket and need a shit I go through the door with this symbol on the door..."

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