Facebook issues apology to drag queens over 'real-name' policy

Facebook has reportedly issued an apology to drag queens over its "real-name" policy that required them to use their legal names on the social networking site.

ANI| Updated: Oct 02, 2014, 18:50 PM IST
Facebook issues apology to drag queens over 'real-name' policy

London: Facebook has reportedly issued an apology to drag queens over its "real-name" policy that required them to use their legal names on the social networking site.

According to the Guardian, Facebook apologized to drag queens on Wednesday following a meeting with community members and queens who protested against the company's order to use their legal names on their profiles.

Facebook's chief product officer, Chris Cox, said that the company wanted to apologise to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and members of the LGBT community and their friends for the hardship that they were put through in dealing with their Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.

Facebook had sent several emails to drag queens ordering them to change their profiles to their "real names", which was challenged by them in September.

Expressing her delight, Lil Miss Hot Mess, a drag queen, said in an email to the Guardian that this was a huge victory not only for the queens, but also for the countless others whose names don't always match their ID cards, but allow them to express themselves with less fear and more fabulousness, the report said.