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Facebook to improve 'real name policy'

Mon 9 Nov 2015 In: International News

Facebook will test improvements to its ‘real name policy’ in December and admit that the current policy doesn’t work for everyone. Photo credit: David Campos via Twitter The policy improvements are a welcome change for many in the transgender communities who often use pseudonyms as a form of safety on the social media website. Chief Product Officer of Facebook, Chris Cox, issued an apology to the LGBT community over a year ago and recognised the hardship that many people go through in dealing with their Facebook accounts. “We owe you a better service and a better experience using Facebook, and we’re going to fix the way this policy gets handled so everyone affected here can go back to using Facebook as you were,” he said. The announcement to test improvements to the policy comes following an open letter to Facebook from dozens of US organisations, including Human Rights Watch, calling for them to fix it’s broken policy. The changes may also allow those who have had their accounts suspended or have been asked to provide identification to access their accounts again.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 9th November 2015 - 8:35pm

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