Facebook Is Still Deactivating Drag Queens’ Facebook Accounts

Even though Facebook apologized for deactivating drag queens’ accounts after realizing that one person had been on a personal crusade to troll the queens, the site is still continuing to suspend the accounts. Facebook’s Chief Products Officer Chris Cox noted in his apology that the legal-name policy was intended to increase accountability for people who were trolling other Facebook users, which is a nice idea that has ultimately come with more than a little bit of irony.

Facebook is providing measures by which the drag queens can get their accounts reinstated, but it requires them to tell Facebook why their accounts were suspended and why their drag names are, in fact, their authentic names. It’s a lot of trouble to go through for people who haven’t violated Facebook’s policies.

Sister Roma, the drag queen who has been the most prominent advocate for the drag community in this issues, points out that it wouldn’t be that hard to fix the problem. Facebook could just stop having a “fake” name be a reason to report a user: “Reporting should be based on behaviour and not identity.” There’s a big difference between users who go by fake names to protect their anonymity so that they can harm another person and users who go by alternate names to their birth names because that’s how they identify in their public and personal lives. If the policy affects the latter group more than the former, something’s wrong with the policy. [Raw Story]

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