Shit is getting real at Facebook over what people choose to call themselves, but why the controversy has lasted this long leads to even stranger questions.
Native Americans have filed a class action lawsuit against the behemoth’s longstanding, but previously rarely enforced, “real-name” policy. In this case, Facebook suspending the accounts of Native American names that are not Anglicized enough to appear authentic. Over the legal name weirdness, activists like Dana Lone Elk are joined by what some might consider unexpected allies.
In Facebook’s home turf of San Francisco, after what are now being recognized as failed negotiations with the company, the LGBTQ community has redoubled its fight against the company for not only allowing users to go by their drag and trans names, but also for disregarding how their policy affects vulnerable individuals. The legal name policy not only stifles self-expression, but also puts users at risk of bullying, bigotry, or worse.… Read the rest