When Facebook rolled out its ‘real names’ policy, many users criticized the social networking site for the move.
The LGBTQ community was particularly vocal when the personal accounts of members of the transgender community were removed from the site because they weren’t using their personal names.
Now, Facebook has announced in a blog post that it has heard those concern loud and clear.
“…after hearing feedback from our community, we recognize that it’s also important that this policy works for everyone, especially for communities who are marginalized or face discrimination.”
While the policy isn’t changing, as of this week Facebook begins testing new tools with two goals in mind:
- Reduce the number of people asked to verify their names
- Make it easier for people to confirm their name if necessary
Users who want to report a “fake” name will now to go through a number of steps that will require them to be more specific about their complaint.
Alternatively, users asked to verify their name will be given an opportunity to describe any special circumstances they feel preclude them from using their real name. These include:
- Affected by abuse, stalking or bullying
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer
- Ethnic minority
Facebook will also allow people to continue having access to their account for seven days while they verify or update their name.
For the time being, the tools are only being tested in the U.S., but will eventually be rolled out globally once feedback has been received.