What A Drag: Facebook Apologizes to Drag Queens over ‘Real Name’ Policy

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More PC bull sh*t coming to you.

Facebook is loosening how it enforces its policy on the use of real names after taking heat for cracking down on drag queens for using pseudonyms on the social network.

Facebook product chief Chris Cox apologized in a Facebook post Wednesday to hundreds of self-described drag queens and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community including Sister Roma and Lil Miss Hot Mess who were flagged for violating the real-name policy.

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Drag queens will now be able to use their stage names on Facebook, he said.

The policy shift comes as drag queens challenged Facebook after receiving emails last month that they must change their profiles to their “real names.” They had planned a protest Thursday at San Francisco City Hall.

“The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that’s Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that’s Lil Miss Hot Mess,” he wrote.

Facebook’s diversity chief Maxine Williams wrote in a comment to the post: “Managing difference (in who we are, the perspectives we hold, what we want, how we live, where we wish to go, how we use products etc) is the central challenge of diversity. It’s tricky, it’s messy and at the same time, it spurs innovation, improvement and productive, dynamic collaboration.

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