Is New Social Media Site Ello Prompting a Queer Facebook Exodus?
California Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defense
[jump] “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,” said Cox. “[W]e see through this event that there’s lots of room for improvement in the reporting and enforcement mechanisms, tools for understanding who’s real and who’s not, and the customer service for anyone who’s affected.”
Cox’s full statement can be read here.
“The acknowledgment that they made a mistake meant a great deal to all of us,” David Campos told BuzzFeed. “They agreed with what we were saying all along — that we want people to be their real authentic selves on Facebook, but that doesn’t necessarily mean using your legal identity.”
If you’d like to celebrate your newfound freedom along with Campos, Sister Roma, Heklina, and others involved in the negotiations, a victory rally will be held today at noon at San Francisco City Hall.
Here’s hoping Facebook follows through on its word and allows users who may face harassment, discrimination, the potential to be fired, and cyberbullying some much-needed protection and anonymity.
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