Facebook’s official “Diversity” account announced another sweeping change to the gender selection on users’ profiles. Starting today, users of Facebook’s English sites can type pretty much whatever they want into a custom box.
“We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way,” the unnamed Diversity account holder said.
This change follows in the footsteps of Facebook’s decision last year to expand its gender options, which were previously limited to male, female, or no response. Just like the last update, users must type their preferred gender descriptor after choosing “other,” and Facebook will suggest terms from its prior list like “androgynous” and “gender fluid.” However, if users want to type in their own descriptor, they can now do so—and then choose whether that descriptor is shown publicly, to friends, or privately. Users can also still choose a preferred pronoun: him, her, or they/them.
An important update on the Facebook “Real Names” Policy
“Facebook has apologized to the LGBT community for attempting to force them to use their “real” names on the social media service – a newly enforced policy that has caused uproar in the past few weeks.”
“The world’s largest social network has heard from people such as drag queens and kings, transgender people, musicians, and friends and family of those affected. They objected to the company’s move to take away their choice over what name to use on their accounts.”
“Facebook has begun vigorous enforcement of its “name policy,” requiring all users of the social network to provide their real names—those “listed on your credit card, driver’s license or student ID.” The policy is not new—Facebook has long asked for users’ “real names” at registration—but it has come under new fire after Facebook disabled the profile of San Francisco LGBT activist and drag queen Sister Roma last week, forcing her to post under her legal name “Michael Williams.” ”
“The social media outrage was almost immediate. An online petition on Change.org demanding Facebook change its policy has already garnered 18,300 signatures. Today, Facebook representatives met with members of the drag and LGBT communities in San Francisco. Regardless of the outcome of today’s meeting at Facebook HQ, (I’m pessimistic considering the protesters only got to meet with Facebook’s “PR and Pride” teams), these people’s lives have already been impacted by Facebook’s enforcement policy.”
If you’ve ever complained that the trolls junking up online comment sections are a bunch of sadistic psychopaths, you might be onto something. An online survey by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that Internet trolls are more likely than others to show signs of sadism, psychopathy and “Machiavellianism”: a disregard for morality and tendency to manipulate or exploit others.
“It was sadism, however, that had the most robust associations with trolling of any of the personality measures,” says an article by psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia. “In fact, the associations between sadism and … scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.” Sadism is a tendency to take pleasure in other people’s pain or discomfort.
On set, Deen told me he had first heard about Glass while channel surfing on a plane when a segment on CNN about Google’s attempts to block porn on the device caught his attention. “Immediately after hearing about it, I was like ‘I want to play with it.’”
And play with it he did. Deen donned my charcoal glass, San Dimas wore Dr. Cockles’ blue pair, and the two received training and tips on ways the Glass could theoretically be used during sex from the MiKandi team and myself. At one point Deen managed to toggle my Glass off of “Guest Mode” and would have Tweeted an illicit picture to my account if the WiFi was on. He endearingly feigned technological confusion, but it was obvious he’d seen his share of recording equipment and was soon calling the shots and coordinating the action with San Dimas, cracking Glass jokes in between takes.
While the trailer is definitely racy, it’s far from crude. The actors crack jokes about Glass (“Hey, I really like your Glass”) and play around with its various features. At one point, Deen notices San Dimas’ shoes, proceeds to find them online using Glass, proclaiming she overpaid for them.
Earlier this year, after Google announced Google Glass, a porn company called MiKandi immediately released the first porn app for Glass. Called Tits & Glass, it was the Instagram of homemade porn, allowing Glass users to shoot, share, and vote on porn videos. Immediately afterward, Google decreed that no porn apps will be allowed to run on its Glass eyewear, and MiKandi was forced to pull the app. Now the company is trying again–and there are implications for everyone.