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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 deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and ...

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Exposure to hate speech on Facebook undermines users’ mental health

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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 how much they interacted with social media and how they...

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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
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 ( 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
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
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
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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Study: Your Facebook ‘likes’ reveal much about your personality and behavior

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga. It could out you as gay. It might reveal how you vote. It might even suggest that you're an unmarried introvert with a high IQ and a weakness for nicotine.

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