According to the census, "Gay" was the th most-common last name in the United States; it's no Smith or Johnson, but I'm willing to bet it outranked, say, "Zuckerberg. But we shouldn't be so quick to point fingers at Facebook, since this was probably the action of a very small number of developers, not the company as a whole--if it was even on the part of anyone at Facebook.
The most likely scenario is that some kind of data set was put in place--the sort that would be used to prevent offensive license plate letter and number combinations, for example--to prevent people from registering with unsavory or offensive names. That doesn't mean that "Gay" should be banned. It just means that, most likely, it was not a conscious decision on the part of anyone at Facebook and it was not done with homophobic undertones.
It's also likely that, given the recent blog coverage, Facebook will start allowing people to register with the last name "Gay" once again.
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Another reader added, "While I am sure it is a legitimate last name, I agree that the reason for not allowing it was probably to prevent homophobic people from creating obscene and offending profiles. Facebook, meanwhile, still allows its members to list on their profiles whether they are interested in men, women or both--or to skip filling out that field entirely. How Muslim millennials are looking for love: Asian Voices. HuffPost Personal.
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I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve -- one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage?
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No, I don't. The outcome of that encounter was that Facebook barely budged on the real-name policy, giving people their accounts back for a measly two weeks. We didn't get the whole issue solved by any means. Facebook refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem with the policy. Basically, they offered to give us our profiles back so that two weeks later they could suspend them, demand we comply to their unfair and discriminatory policy and, if not, take them away again.
Facebook has now admitted that it was gobsmacked by the uproar. It had no idea it was causing so much anguish, Cox said. The whole mess can be blamed on one lone Facebook user who, it turns out, was mass-reporting accounts of drag queens, drag kings, transgenders and others in the LGBT community, he said. These have not worked flawlessly and we need to fix that. With this input, we're already underway building better tools for authenticating the Sister Romas of the world while not opening up Facebook to bad actors.
And we're taking measures to provide much more deliberate customer service to those accounts that get flagged so that we can manage these in a less abrupt and more thoughtful way.
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To everyone affected by this, thank you for working through this with us and helping us to improve the safety and authenticity of the Facebook experience for everyone. Facebook deserves praise for reaching out to the community, listening to the problems its policy has caused, admitting it has lots to learn, and committing to follow through and get it right.
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If you want to find real friends you use your real name, So what if people know my name. This whole thing has been over played in the UK, mainly because in the UK it is legal to use any name you wish as long as it is not for fraudulent purposes. Ive had an account on facebook for 6 years, never used my real name due to the fact that Im a victim of domestic violence. The other day I got locked out of my account because I wont provide them with a government ID. I told them to go f themselves and sent them a copy of my bloody busted open head.