You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore!!!
Since 2008, Facebook has offered its user who made a profile on the site to select from one of two gender options: male or female. This requirement has long bothered if the user doesn’t choose with either option. Facebook is unable to answer when the people can opt out of showing sex on their profile, this prevents many people to identify on their profiles as male or female could.
Facebook has avoided the issue for years, but now it appears to be effective instantly. ”It is important because of expression of gender, especially when it more than definitions of just ‘male’ or ‘female.'”
In addition to male or female, Facebook users can now select a third option, “custom,” in the gender drop-down. While choosing “custom” from the drop-down menu than you can select from a list of around 50 options, from “agender” and “androgyne” to “trans female,” “two-spirit,” “trans male,” “trans person” etc. Users can have up to ten descriptors in their profile.
Facebook further asks users what pronoun they prefer: “her,” “him,” or “them.” And it allows you to apply custom privacy settings to your gender information, so that you can share it with, only with your friends, or publically.
Facebook with its 1.23 billion active monthly users around the world allows them to keep their gender identity private or public. Currently, the custom gender identifiers will only be available for users in US English.
“During the past few years, a person’s Facebook profile truly has become their online identity, and now Facebook has taken a forward step to allow countless people to more honestly and accurately proved themselves,” HRC President Chad Griffin said.
This move by Facebook came after years of discussion and lobbying from users, some effect came from Facebook pages to petition for the change. On the other hand Google+ offer male, female and “other” in option, but it is well said that Facebook has many specific options to put the platform well ahead of any other online community. About only 1% of Google+ users identify as other.
Posted By: Pooja Runija