Facebook is silent on the controversy of the real names policy

Last week, the Ello had a huge boom of new users unhappy with Facebook. The new social network, which promises to remain free of advertisements, also ensures protect the privacy of users, only storing information reflecting the different network usage modes in order to improve it continuously.

The exodus to the Ello began with the LGBT community, tired of Facebook’s requirement to use his real name. Several drag queens had their accounts blocked because of it and were forced to use their first names; the orientation of the social network Mark Zuckerberg was that they would use their real names in their profiles and create fanpages with their stage names to publicize their work, something that is not ideal for everyone, not just for the short reach of pages: most one is simply not called by anyone by their first names.

Before the withdrawal of so many people use the social network, Facebook had to stand on the controversy, and did yesterday. The company’s product director, Chris Cox, published a post talking about it.

In it, Cox apologizes to the LGBT community for the inconvenience and explains how such a real names policy. According to him, what happened in the case of drag queens was that, among other thousands of accounts, these were denounced as false and the standard procedure is to request a document certifying that the person is the same as said to be the social network.

Cox also says that Facebook supports and encourages everyone to use the same name using in real life and recognizes that, despite being 10 years ago in vogue, the policy needs to be revised to cover all users. However, we believe that this same policy is what differentiates it from the rest of social networks: it suggests that, by preventing anonymous, Facebook is protecting users from harmful behavior, and even criminals.

Sister Roma, who even went to the headquarters of the social network to discuss the issue, welcomed the news. She stated that she always knew that Facebook would “do the right thing”: “people working in the Facebook live in San Francisco and are part of our community. You can not live in San Francisco and not love drag queens. ”

Cox, in the statement made in your profile, says that Facebook is working on tools that improve the authentication of their users without them being forced to use baptismal names and no open space for fakes, but did not comment on what types of tools will be used, nor how it will change the name of politics.