Social media is tremendously important and Facebook is an awful primary platform. Friendster gave way to MySpace, MySpace lost dominance to Facebook and then …
i am quick to confess i want Facebook to fail. Not just because of their terrible privacy policies, not just because they are mining personal data to sell to all manner of annoying corporations and government agencies, not just because Facebook uses it’s users are lab rats in social experiments, not just because it bans images of mothers breastfeeding but permits images of misogynist violence, not just because Facebook enables identity theft, though these things certainly encourage my upset and frustration with the giant of social media.
The reason i want Facebook to fail is that i want popular, powerful, alternative social networking solutions which will be institutionally supportive of efforts to use social media as a positive transformative technology, rather than just another capitalist cog.
So i was extra pleased when i saw that Facebook undid all the positive media it had earned by including 56 gender identifications after having had just two since it’s founding. It did this by deciding everyone on Facebook had to have profiles with their legal names on them. And then taking complaints from people who saw FB users using fictitious names, FB has taken down hundreds of drag performers’ pages and has given them the option to change their profile name or lose their profile completely.
This policy has hit drag performers especially hard. In part because many user names are obviously not birth names, in part because someone has apparently been reporting lots of drag performers, and in part because there are lots of good reasons to not be forced to reveal your birth name if you dont want to.
Drag performers are also often cutting edge social mavens. Assuming Facebook does not permanently restore these accounts unaltered, there is quite some chance that the queer community which has been disenfranchised by this move will lead the charge to another social networking platform.
About paxusa funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.
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