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Facebook apologizes to drag performers, LGBT community over ‘real names’ flap

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Drag performers Lil Ms. Hot Mess, left, and Sister Roma, right,are among those sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names. Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site.
NEW YORK — Facebook is apologizing to drag performers and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. The world’s biggest online social network caught heat recently when it deleted several hundred accounts belonging to [...]

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Drag performers dress down Facebook over ‘real names’ policy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Drag performers (from left) Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina, take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco drag performers are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been [...]

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Exposure to hate speech on Facebook undermines users’ mental health

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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A new study from Italy finds that social networking sites like Facebook have a negative impact on individuals’ mental well-being, as well as their levels of social trust, because of their exposure to hate speech and other offensive content. Researchers analyzed a wide representative sample of 50,000 Italian citizens, assessing [...]

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Facebook adding new gender options, preferred pronoun choices for users

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Noah Berger, APFacebook software engineer Brielle Harrison demonstrates expanded options for gender identification at her company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Harrison, who helped engineer the project, plans to switch her identifier to "Trans Woman."
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- You don't have to identify as male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them. [...]

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Activists target Sochi with social media, boycotts in protest of Russia anti-gay law

Friday, January 31, 2014
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NEW YORK — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. [...]

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Anti-gay social media group in Russia offers reward for outing LGBT teachers

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Demonstrators protest Russia's anti-gay laws.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A new anti-gay group has emerged on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte (vk.com) offering rewards for reporting “confirmed” information on gay school teachers, reports Queer Russia. [...]

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Russian anti-gay extremist under criminal investigation, reportedly flees country

Monday, November 11, 2013
VK.comMaxim Martsinkevich (center) with alleged Ukrainian victims.
MOSCOW -- Russian authorities have initiated criminal proceedings against a Russian ultra-nationalist responsible for several homophobic assaults on LGBT persons, including attacks on citizens from Ukraine, Iraq, and South Africa. [...]

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Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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A French gay rights group said on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter for violating the country's hate speech laws following the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die,” which topped Twitter's "trending topics" over the weekend. [...]

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Russian extremists using social media to target, attack LGBT youth

Thursday, July 25, 2013
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KAMENSK-URAL, Russia -- A network of loosely organized groups of Russian ultra-nationalists are targeting LGBT youth for bullying and assault by creating fake social media profiles and gay personals to attract unsuspecting victims. [...]

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Red, marriage equality icons spread throughout social media

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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NEW YORK — Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage. [...]

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