Facebook Amends Real Name Policy

Facebook has announced it is to change its "real name" policy after angry pleas from various vulnerable communities.

The site said on Tuesday it was to test new tools that allowed people to share any special circumstances they felt would permit them to not use their real name.

The tool aims to help people who may have suffered domestic abuse or are victims of similar cases that could put them in danger.

Facebook however insisted people use real names in all but the most unusual of situations.

The company said: "We require people to use the name their friends and family know them by.

"When people use the names they are known by, their actions and words carry more weight because they are more accountable for what they say.

"We're firmly committed to this policy, and it is not changing.

"However, after hearing feedback from our community, we recognise that it's also important that this policy works for everyone, especially for communities who are marginalised or face discrimination."

The social giant said that it would add a new tool forcing those who are reporting a fake name to provide more information for their complaint.

The company added: "In the past, people were able to simply report a 'fake name' but now they will be required to go through several new steps that provide us more specifics about the report.

"This additional context will help our review teams better understand why someone is reporting a name, giving them more information about a specific situation."

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