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Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community After Realizing One Troll Has Been Causing Most Of The Legal-Names Trouble

Is anyone else surprised that now that the two-week deadline for “real names” on Facebook is up, Facebook has apologized to the LGBT activists who have been fighting it and said that they’re “taking measures to provide much more deliberate customer service” to the owners of flagged accounts? I’m not. Facebook apologizes for everything, eventually, without ever really changing much of what they did wrong in the first place. No one knows what this “much more deliberate customer service” is actually going to look like, and the point remains that the legal name policy is inherently going to affect trans* people, drag queens and kings, and stalking victims negatively, even if they receive better customer service after the fact. The point also remains that Mark Zuckerberg claimed that having two names demonstrates a “lack of integrity” without discriminating between different instances of using two names. Keep reading »

Why I’m Switching From Facebook To Ello

Since Facebook announced that it was going to suspend accounts unless users used their legal names earlier this month, many people have been looking for a new place to socialize, and Ello has been gaining traction. Ello is another status-based, at-reply-based social network, with a minimalist aesthetic and, mostly importantly, no ads, and anonymized data gathering with the opportunity to opt out of data-gathering entirely.

And before you get going, I know, I know, it’s buggy. The search function isn’t working well if at all, and during peak traffic it can have really long loading times. I accept that as a given for a new social network to which, yes, many Facebook users are genuinely fleeing. I’m not sure I love the design, and you can’t embed videos. Keep reading »

Facebook Is Giving Suspended Users Two Weeks To Decide If They Want To Change Their Names Or Leave

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Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular — and didn’t budge on the policy. Facebook will reinstate suspended accounts for two weeks, giving those members time to decide whether they want to change their names, convert their profiles to pages, or leave the platform, after which the company will begin to suspend accounts again. Keep reading »

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

It was two and a half years ago that I presented at South By Southwest  on sex workers and social media, particularly on the dangers of “real name policies.” Sex workers are using social media, not only to talk to fans, but to talk to each other, to create community while still maintaining a level of personal privacy that feels good for them.

I argued that demanding people use their legal names (erroneously called their “real” name) can make social media an incredibly unsafe place, with more abuse rather than less. I talked about some of the cons to social media, like the overzealous censorship of nudity while ignoring violent gore, or how bullying and harassment goes ignored.

It was a generally well-received presentation, and I noticed that times did change. Google Plus, who was the main offender, changed their policies first to allow nicknames, and then finally in July of this year, doing away with “real name” policies altogether. I figured the NymWars were over with that. Keep reading »

Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million For Not Removing Her Likeness In “Revenge Porn”

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  • Meryem Ali, 28, of Houston, Texas, is suing Facebook for $123 million for failing to remove her likeness in “revenge porn” photos posted to their site. As she tells Cosmopolitan.com, a man she had hung out with three times created a fake profile with photos of Ali’s head photoshopped onto pornographic images.  Ali’s original contact with Facebook with pretty much ignored (as well as contact made by family and friends). Four-and-a-half months later, Facebook finally took down the offending content only after they were contacted by police. Ali is now suing the site for 10 cents for every one of Facebook’s 1.23 billion users. [Cosmopolitan.com] Keep reading »

Make It Stop: “My Friend Is A Charity Humble Bragger!”

Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’s honor.

First up, how to cope with an attention-hungry Facebook humble-bragger:

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