Protestors gather outside Facebook headquarters to challenge company’s ‘real name’ policy

Protestors gather outside Facebook headquarters to challenge company’s ‘real name’ policy

In an evident effort to oppose Facebook's real-names policy, nearly 100 protestors - including fully ornamented drag queen activists - gathered outside the social network's Menlo Park headquarters in California on Monday.

The protest - against Facebook's 'real name' policy - was part of the MyNameIs campaign by Facebook users who use a name which is not necessarily reflected on a Social Security card or tax return.

With Facebook's 'real name' policy requiring users of the social networking site to use what the company terms as "authentic identity," the protestors are of the opinion that the policy overlooks a wide-ranging group of users, such as transgender people, drag performers, domestic violence survivors, and Native Americans.

Challenging the 'real name' policy, Chicago-based burlesque performer Cruel Valentine said in a message to The Huffington Post that Facebook's name reporting system is chiefly being used as "a tool of harassment and abuse, to frighten, endanger, and attempt to out thousands of people."

Acknowledging the fact that Facebook users "sometimes pose as others, or hide behind pseudonyms to conduct abusive behavior online," Valentine said that it is important to "distinguish between those users and folks who are just being their authentic selves."

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