Facebook says sorry to drag queens

2 October 2014

Bitterwallet - Facebook Facebook have been tinkering again, and decided at some point that it was bad that people were using their services with their nicknames, rather than their real name.

So that means Pele would have to be on Facebook as Edson Arantes do Nascimento and anyone who is better known by their nickname would have to go under their real name. Looking at you David Bowie.

One of the things that caused controversy around this was the fact that drag queens were getting rough-housed into using their birth names and, of course, an simpleton can see why that would be a sensitive issue. There was a campaign to change the policy after a group of drag queens and LGBT groups pointed out that this 'real name' rule could well compromise the privacy, health and safety of many, including people surviving domestic violence and immigrants.

And Facebook, after a lot of people shouting at them, finally saw it from another point of view and apologised.

They said the whole thing was a big misunderstanding and that, after a meeting, Chief Product Officer Chris Cox issued an apology on his own Facebook page.

“In the two weeks since the real-name policy issues surfaced, we've had the chance to hear from many of you in these communities and understand the policy more clearly as you experience it. We've also come to understand how painful this has been. We owe you a better service and a better experience using Facebook, and we’re going to fix the way this policy gets handled so everyone affected here can go back to using Facebook as you were.”

“Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name,” he added. “The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life.”

TOPICS:   Technology   Social Media

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