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article imageFacebook and LGBT community meet over 'real names policy'

By Owen Weldon     Sep 18, 2014 in Business
Facebook met with city officials and activists in San Francisco following the criticism it has received over its name policy.
According to Mashable, Facebook's name policy requires users to use their legal name on their profile, but a number of drag performers and transgenders have reported that they were locked out of their accounts due to not using their legal name.
Facebook and a city lawmaker, as well as some drag queens, met on Wednesday. They said that Facebook rebuffed them when they demanded that the social networking site change its policy banning users from using aliases.
According to Huffington Post, Facebook says that it will usually delete profiles with fake names after it investigates complaints that users have sent in.
Some in the LGBT community say that some fear using their real names, citing reasons such as threats to their safety and even employment.
Heklina, a self-described drag queen, said that she has family members who she does not want contacting her via Facebook.
Facebook did said that hundreds of deleted accounts have been restored, and they will remain restored for two weeks. After the two weeks are up, people will need to use their real name or they will need to convert to a fan page.
Facebook says that the name policy creates a safe and accountable environment, as well as prevents bad behavior.
The name policy has been around for as long as Facebook has been around.
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