John M. Becker

Facebook Meets With Drag Queens, Doesn't Change Policy

Filed By John M. Becker | September 18, 2014 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Geeks, Living
Tags: alias, drag queen, Facebook, fake name, pseudonym

facebook-users-silhouette.jpgYesterday, as we reported here on Bilerico, Facebook met with a group of San Francisco drag queens who are upset about a new policy requiring account holders to use their real names. The company heard their concerns but declined to change the policy, the Associated Press reports:

The company restored the names Wednesday after it met with several drag queens and a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who object to Facebook's policy. The drag queens say requiring them and others to disclose their real names is unfair and could put jobs, relationships and health at risk.

Facebook said it will keep the accounts active for two weeks so people can decide whether to provide their real names.

At a press conference after the meeting, several of the drag queens and Supervisor David Campos said they were disappointed by Facebook's unwillingness to change the policy -- which also affects other LGBT people, especially in the trans community, who may not use their real names online because disclosure of their identity would put them at risk of discrimination and violence -- but said that the company has agreed to another meeting.

Perhaps the second time will be the charm?

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