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Facebook's Real Names Policy May Be Waived for Drag Queens

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 11:36 AM

Facebook's real-name policy to operate and create accounts will be modified after protest from San Francisco drag queens and other performers working under stage names whose accounts were recently discontinued.

The social media giant, which has 1.3 billion active users, did not commit to permanently broaden exceptions to the real name policy, according to The New York Times. Some critics have said they felt the policy targeted those in the LGBT community who had profiles under stage names and were recently flagged by Facebook.

"Facebook apologized to the community and has committed to removing any language requiring that you use your legal name," said David Campos, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who sided with San Francisco performers on the issues, noted the Times.

"They're working on technical solutions to make sure that nobody has their name changed unless they want it to be changed and to help better differentiate between fake profiles and authentic ones," Campos continued.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Michael Williams lost the identity Sister Roma on Facebook, which included an alternated image of his passport featuring a headshot in drag.

"I'm just happy I'll have my name back," Williams told the Chronicle about reclaiming Sister Roma on the social media site.

Chris Cox, chief product officer with Facebook, responded on his Facebook page, saying that the social media's executives have been trying to balance the concerns brought up over the past two weeks and the problem of scammers posting fake Facebook sites.
 


"We've had this policy for over 10 years, and until recently it's done a good job of creating a safe community without inadvertently harming groups like what happened here," Cox said on his Facebook page. "Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name.

"The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that's Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that's Lil Miss Hot Mess. Part of what's been so difficult about this conversation is that we support both of these individuals, and so many others affected by this, completely and utterly in how they use Facebook," Cox continued.

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