Facebook succeeds in impressing the non-racial and non-sexist users by adding a new option for the selection of the gender when creating an account on the social media platform. Along with the existent 58 gender options, Facebook adds a new one, and particularly it’s an empty one, because the user must fill in the blanks. As a result, the description of the gender can be described freely. The expansion of the gender identity option has succeeded in creating 58 options for gender from “cis woman” to “two-spirit” in the month of February 2014. A similar feature has been released by Google in December 2014, offering an “infinite” gender category by letting people describe their identity in their own words.
Even though the possibility of adding his new option one year ago, when it added the 58 ones, Facebook chose not to. At the moment, the idea was only to change the basic male/female version to something that fits better the times that we live in, so choices like queer, trans and inter-sex have been possible ever since. In addition, the pronoun that has been used in order to address the user could be changed: he, she or them were are now the available options.
The problems of Facebook regarding the gender identity issue has started last year in September, when the social media platform started deleting profiles that uses fake names. In the process, a lot of profiles of drag queens have been mistakenly erased and as a result, they had a violent reaction to the movement. Also, they remade their profiles on the newcomer Ello, a future possible rival of Facebook. With the purpose of making up for the mistake that has been made, Chief Product Office Chris Cox released a public apology about what had happened.
All in all, the gender diversity has absolutely reached another level on Facebook. Additionally, this week Apple has also brought to light a series of new diverse emojis that represent people of different ethnicity.
Alison C.K. Fogarty, a gender identity researcher at Stanford University has made a statement about the movement.
“People are still fighting to make room for gender identity within the socially constructed binary of male and female. Labels and identities are powerful in that they give a sense of community, a way of articulating one’s experience.”
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