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Facebook makes changes to controversial 'real names' rules - Telegraph

Facebook's controversial 'real names' policy has been tweaked to make it easier for people with pseudonyms or unfamiliar names to use the social network.

The company requries users to go by their legal or "authentic" names, which it says makes people accountable for their actions and roots out bullying. However, it has been criticised by advocacy groups, who say it has discriminated against transgender people, abuse victims and ethnic minorities.

The policy has seen many accounts suspended because members went by a different name to the one they were born with, or just because they have been reported by online trolls. Facebook accounts including a woman named Isis and Lord Toby Jug have been suspended.

In response to criticism, Facebook said it was testing new options that will make it more difficult for individuals to be targeted online, and allow users to explain why they are using a certain name on Facebook.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

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