Facebook now lets users choose beyond ‘male’ and ‘Female’
by FFE Tech News Staff
Facebook has launched 50 new custom gender options on Thursday for users who could not comfortably identify with the standard ‘male’ or ‘female’ gender options.
The option is still limited to the company’s 159 million users in America, but Facebook plans to extend the same options to its users outside of the US.
The social media giant teamed up with LGBT groups to compile the list of gender identities that includes bi-gender, androgynous, cis-gender and many more. Those who have also selected any of these new genders have the option to choose their preferred male, female or neutral pronoun: he, his, she, her, they and their.
Because gender is a privacy issue for many in the community, Facebook added an option for the users to limit those who can view their gender identity.
The move by the social media networking firm has been praised by LGBT communities. However, there are also those who criticised it, saying biological realities are difficult to set aside. But American non-profit organisation National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE) said that what was important about the changes in Facebook is that it helped spark ‘conversation about who transgender people are.’
NCTE director of communications Vincent Paolo Villano said ‘Facebook took a really important step making sure that the platform represents the reality of who people are around the world.’