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Facebook Cedes Ground to Drag Queens on "Real Name" Policy

By Lina Lecaro

After fierce blowback from a disgruntled community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender folk, and more, Facebook has eased enforcement of its "real name" policy.

Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said in a Facebook post that the whole situation took the company by surprise. Some individual decided to mass-report the drag queens, kings, etc., to Facebook as using fake names. In most of the fake-name reports the company receives, Cox says, are legitimate, so the company treated them as they always do.

"These reports were among the several hundred thousand fake name reports we process every single week, 99 percent of which are bad actors doing bad things: impersonation, bullying, trolling, domestic violence, scams, hate speech, and more -- so we didn't notice the pattern," Cox writes.

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