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Facebook to Update Real Name Policy
By: Jessica Cherok
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Facebook’s real name policy is going away! Or, at least, it's changing. Yesterday, the social media giant released a statement that it will allow users to go by preferred names. It also apologized.

Many in the LGBT community, as well as victims of domestic violence, had criticized Facebook for forcing users to use their real names or risk having their accounts suspended.

According to the statement from Chris Cox, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer:

I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we've put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.

In the two weeks since the real-name policy issues surfaced, we've had the chance to hear from many of you in these communities and understand the policy more clearly as you experience it. We've also come to understand how painful this has been. 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.”

The statement goes on to promise continued improvement and better tools created with more consideration.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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