A few weeks ago Facebook was scolded by some of the members of the LGBT community because they could not put their drag queen names on their Facbook profile, as Facebook required to write down “your real name”. Gay rights activists pressured Facebook to change this policy because it seen as a violation of LGBT rights.
Facebook publicly apologized for any inconveniences it may have brought to anyone involved and said that they are working on resolving this issue. The Facebook “real name” policy was changed an now, when trying to make a Facebook account it asks for “the authentic name they use in real life”.
Chris Cox, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer apologized to the community of drag queens, drag kings and transgendered people for any problems the “real name” policy may have caused them.
The old name policy required Facebook users to use their “real” legal name, thus hundreds of drag queens were affected by this, since they all have stage names. One of the drag queens, Sister Roma from San Francisco had her account suspended because she didn’t use her legal name, Michael Williams. Sister Roma wrote an open letter explaining how this Facebook “real name” policy affects the LGBT communities everywhere.
In the letter Sister Roma said:
“This policy lends itself to abuse; some people are using this tool to target and harass our communities with the intent of erasing our identities. Many people need to use a chosen name in order to feel safe or to be able to express their authentic identity online.”
Facebook responded saying that they didn’t realize the drag queen communities were being affected by the real name policy as there are many fake accounts being flagged every day.
Facebook said it did not realise drag queens and transgendered people were being targeted, because of the vast number of fake name accounts that were being flagged.
Cox said that the “real name” policy was used for tracking down and closing imposter accounts and trolling. He also said that they are constantly improving the Facebook experience trying to understand who is and who isn’t real on Facebook.
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