Yesterday we saw how Facebook will keep selling our personal user data for the purpose of making more money from ads. Today we’re going to take a look at a more positive piece of news. It appears that Facebook finally changed its real-name policy and is now allowing aliases.
Facebook Changed its Real-Name Policy and Is Now Allowing Aliases
Facebook said that it would change its newly adopted policy which requires users to use their real names when setting up or managing an account. It has done this after hundreds of people had been locked out of their accounts for using aliases and stage names.
A number of drag queens have expressed their outrage after their accounts have been deleted based on the fact that they were not using their real names.
Now, in an attempt to save face and help its users, Christopher Cox, product chief at Facebook, released an official statement in which he said that Facebook has changed its real-name policy and is now allowing aliases and stage names.
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.
The drag queens whose accounts have been deleted have complained that Facebook’s former real-name policy discriminates them and that Facebook decision is causing their finances to suffer.
Facebook has also extended an apology to anyone who suffered following the real-name policy and said that it would do its best to try to give back the information that those people lost after their accounts had been deleted.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Did you suffer because of Facebook’s real-names policy? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we would love to hear what you have to say about this.