Facebook: The Social Media Platform for Bigots

Bigots rejoice, you’re getting your very own major social media website by forceful takeover of one that used to be used as a way to seek support. Bravo! 🙂

The new “Real Names” policy by Facebook has caused a literal exodus of the LGBT community from their service. But before I get into the community in which I belong, I’d like the point out — like so many others have — that this isn’t just restricted to us. Oh! let me count the ways…

  1. What if you’re hiding from an abusive husband/wife?
  2. What if you’re using a different name because you’ve been cyberstalked (or physically)?
  3. What if sharing your real-life name/details is a breach of contract in a company?
  4. What if sharing your real-life name/details endangers your life?
  5. What if you’re using a different name because that is what you’re known by?

If you notice, these things are non-exclusive to the LGBT community and this certainly is not an exhaustive list.

Facebook was one of the ways people from any community could seek, effectively, comfort from advice, companionship/camaraderie, etc. It was a platform that could be trusted. But no longer. This comfort has been stripped away by this new policy.

How does this effect the LGBT community? Well, fairly easily, to be honest:

  1. Transgendered individuals prefer to identify with the gender they are, not the biological sex they were born as. (Notice the difference.) As such, they prefer to use an appropriate name. Male-to-Female would be using a female name while a Female-to-Male would be using a male name. Obviously, the associated pronouns match as well — but this depends upon the individual in question and what they want.
  2. Drag queens and kings do not live two lives or have two identities, but are, instead, expressing who they are. Their stage names are a potential source of income and might very well be how they are actually known. Honestly, of all the queens/kings I know, I know… well, none of their “real” names. Even out of dress, I call them by their stage names and none of them have corrected  me. (These individuals, I have to point out, are not necessarily homosexual. There are plenty of heterosexual drag queens and kings. Thus, being able to use their stage name on one account while maintaining a separate personal account is crucial for some queens/kings.)
  3. Cross-dressers and transvestites, much like drag queens and kings, might use a secondary name for various reasons and this secondary name is how they are more commonly known.
  4. Those who prefer to identify as androgynous almost certainly prefer to use a gender neutral name to keep that identity intact. (This is where I fall, to be honest.)
  5. While gays and lesbians might not use different given names, due to various laws of states, countries, or otherwise, being unable to marry or change their surname name to match that of their husband, wife, or partner is an issue. Thus, having the ability to have a different surname on social sites provides at least some comfort and consistency with reality. (Yet again, where I fall…)

See the issues that abound? This policy is discriminatory in nature but it’s effects reach beyond the LGBT community. There is an exodus going on right now composed not only of the LGBT community, but “power users” and those who fall into the first list or for other reasons. If this policy is not reversed, Facebook is going to be a mere shadow of what it used to be. It most certainly won’t cause the death of the company, but I doubt highly it will ever be able to entice the users that have already left to come back. For that matter, even if it is reversed, I doubt it’ll ever be a trusted platform anymore for several communities.

So, there you go guys. You can have it. We don’t want to be associated with Zuckerberg and his illogical antics that are based entirely upon his antiquated opinion. It’ll suit you guys very well. 🙂

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Cheers! Have a great day and be safe out there.

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6 thoughts on “Facebook: The Social Media Platform for Bigots

  1. Ohhhh yes. Facebook indeed ithas become the home of bigotry. To use a Star Wars quote: “you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy”. Oh do I have stories to tell! Death threats, attempts to find my home address, calls to my work implying that I do foul things to kids – mate, I have seen the worst it has to offer.

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    • Holy… That’s never happened to me. But I’ve never been able to really get into FB. It just doesn’t interest me and I don’t get it. :-/ I prefer to unplug and not be connected all the time, but look who’s talking here… someone who uses typewriters, writes with fountain pens, and still sends letters to friends and family. -chuckles- I was totally born in the wrong era! My partner deleted his FB already… it’s a sore subject now because his support group was ripped away from him. 😦

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    • This, I actually don’t know. But that is what scares me.

      The sloppiest and probably the most illegal way is they would go through your ISP. But State-side that would require a kind of digital version of a search warrant I believe. I don’t know about the rest of the world. But this method isn’t entirely accurate from the get-go for a handful of reasons…

      The ideal way would be to make the end-user “volunteer” information such as a phone number or a credit card number. Either of those can easily be cross checked because phone numbers are public records and credit card numbers can be checked against by crediting or debiting a single cent — if it goes through, the name is obviously correct; if it bounces back, the name isn’t correct.

      Considering the power they have, another (even more) crude way to do it would be a kind of brute-force check: simply check all user’s names for any “illogical” words within the username. IE “Penguin 90210” would be flagged while “Jack Williams” wouldn’t. They’ve got some great minds working for them… there are plenty of ways to optimize that kind of check. (They also wouldn’t have to start on it list-wise… they could set it up to be triggered with any form of activity such as signing in, posting something, etc. They wouldn’t need to do it all at once because that would certainly overload their systems… so batch checks would be done. If they know the load their systems can take, that number is easily established.) The FB games that are available are another possible avenue…

      There are a lot of ways FB can enforce it. It all depends on how they want to make themselves look. The absolute ideal version would be that the end-user has /already/ volunteered information that they can use to cross-check. But I wouldn’t know the sign-up process… this issue only effects me because my partner has already lost his account due to using his TG (male) name and not his birth name (female).

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    • Aye, my partner already deleted his account. Actually was the same day he got the notice. I was never a user of FB… I tried a few times, but never interested me. -shrugs-

      The side-effect of this is that his FundMe page — which relies, apparently, entirely upon Facebook verified accounts — had to be shut down. He’s furious right now, haha… Needless to say, he’s staying away from social media platforms similar to Facebook for now.

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