Fb apologizes for spurning drag queens, may do one thing about it
Fb’s actual identify coverage has triggered fairly a stir just lately, particularly among the many drag queen group. A number of performers discovered themselves on the receiving finish of cruel deletion as a result of they used their stage names, quite than their authorized names for his or her profiles. When these accounts have been reported as pretend (apparently by a single particular person with a vendetta towards drag queens) they obtained swept up into Fb’s system and eliminated together with the bullies, impersonators and trolls. Now the corporate’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, has issued an apology, although one which makes it clear the coverage won’t be altering.
Cox makes it clear that forcing Sister Roma or Lil Miss Scorching Mess to vary the names related to their accounts can be a mistake, nevertheless. As he explains:
Our coverage has by no means been to require everybody on Fb to make use of their authorized identify. The spirit of our coverage is that everybody on Fb makes use of the genuine identify they use in actual life. For Sister Roma, that is Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Scorching Mess, that is Lil Miss Scorching Mess.
That being stated, he goes on to say the coverage is “the appropriate one” for Fb, and provides no inclination that it will change anytime quickly. As an alternative he says that the corporate’s “reporting and enforcement mechanisms” are largely responsible for the issues. So, whereas the actual identify coverage will keep in place, it seems to be as if Fb is taking the problems it has induced just lately at the least considerably significantly and is on the lookout for options — even when it is unsure what these options are but. Suffice to say, Edwina Gadgetina hoped for one thing extra.
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