The community of “drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community” can now rest easy after Facebook promised to improve its system for verifying accounts flagged as “fake” by other users. The social media firm also apologised for what many perceived to be an unwarranted crackdown targeting these communities.
Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox posted the apology on his Facebook profile today…
I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we’ve put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.
Facebook had been copping mounting criticism over this policy after the LGBT community mounted a “real name” protest after users “Sister Roma” and “Lil Miss Hot Mess” raised a stink after they were issued warnings by Facebook admins that their profiles would be deleted without proper identification. Such users insist that they use “creative names” which are an integral part of their personal identities.
New social media presence Ello presented itself as an alternative to Facebook on the back of this brouhaha.
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