News

Man? Woman? Facebook gives you 50 more options

Man? Woman? Facebook gives you 50 more options

FACEBOOK CHANGES: Until now, Facebook's 1.23 billion members could only select male or female for their genders, which Facebook requires users to state in their profiles. Users of rival Google Inc's Google+ social network already had an "other" option for gender. Photo: Reuters

By Alexei Oreskovic

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the first time, Facebook Inc is letting users of its online social network identify themselves as a gender other than male and female.

The basic user profile for members in the United States now includes a customizable category among the gender types that users must select, the world’s No.1 Internet social network announced on Thursday, the day the feature became available for U.S. members using the site’s English-language version.

Those who select that option can select up to 10 gender identifications, including “transgender,” “intersex” and “fluid.”

The company said it worked with a leading group of gay and transgender advocacy organizations to come up with the selection of identity options.

Until now, Facebook’s 1.23 billion members could only select male or female for their genders, which Facebook requires users to state in their profiles. Users of rival Google Inc’s Google+ social network already had an “other” option for gender.

Facebook said users also can control the audience who can view a custom choice, noting the challenges that some people may face in publicly sharing their gender identity.

Users can also choose the personal pronoun to which they are referred publicly. A message on Facebook might now invite a user’s friend to write a birthday message on “their” wall, instead of “his” or “her” wall.

“We want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self,” Facebook said.

(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Amanda Kwan)

(In 2nd paragraph, this story corrects date of announcement to Thursday, not Wednesday)

News from ClarksvilleNow.com

vandyrape-case

yesterday in Crime, News

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

Attorneys say their clients’ judgment was “warped by a campus culture where drunken sex was common.”

haslam

yesterday in News

Haslam to visit Clarksville to promote Insure TN proposal

The proposal would extend health care coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

WordPress-FeatureImage-POLICE-LINE

yesterday in News

Woman’s body found in Montgomery Bell State Park

Investigators: unclear if foul play was involved.

supreme-court-tn

yesterday in Crime, News

TN Supreme Court rules judicial diversion possible in some cases

Judicial diversion was denied in a recent TN case, though it can be granted to some defendants.

money

yesterday in Crime, News

Clarksville police help scamming victim recover $20,000

The scammers posed as Publishers Clearing House.