Despite posting an apology and claiming that it will “work on internal procedures,” the ripples caused by Facebook’s real-name policy spread wider and wider. More groups are being affected, and the hubbub has chummed the waters, ending in more accounts suspended in what has become a cultural cyber-war. And real-name policy is targeting the WRONG people in this reporting equation.
Facebook promised to overhaul its reporting and enforcement process regarding its real-name policy in an effort to quell the controversy that erupted last month, when several drag queens and other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community saw their accounts suspended for not using their legal names.
Facebook did not budge on its real-name policy in a meeting Wednesday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., with activists representing the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and drag queens, with the only concession being a promise to reinstate deleted profiles for two weeks, which did little to quell anger toward the social network.
Facebook’s enforcement of its real-name policy has put it at odds with a community that it has a strong history of supporting, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, as drag queens who use names that are not their legal names are being forced to change the names on their accounts on the social network.
Facebook added the ability for users to specify custom genders – such as transgender, androgynous and genderqueer — in February, and the social network has now extended those options to indicating family members users are connected with.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Instagram joined forces on photo campaign #PridePortraits, in which users of the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network are encouraged to post photos of what LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride means to them.
President Barack Obama last week designated June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, and Facebook marked the occasion with a new set of stickers, Pride.
NorthStar Asset Management issued a rebuttal to Facebook’s guidance in its Schedule 14A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing measures up for vote at its annual meeting, saying in a Form Px14a6g filing with the SEC that shareholders should vote for the resolution involving political contributions, and not against it, as the company advised.
Last week, Facebook announced that its users would be able to pick genders from a custom list, instead of choosing either “male” or “female,” like they did before.
Facebook announced that its users now have the ability to specify custom genders, such as transgender, androgynous, and genderqueer, and they can also specify whether to publicly be referred to as male (he/his), female (she/her), or neutral (they/their).