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Facebook brings over 70 gender options to UK social networkers

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Mon Jun 30 2014, 11:35
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SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook is letting its UK users choose from over 70 gender options, four months after it did so in the US.

Facebook has worked with the organisations Press for Change and Gendered Intelligence to develop the new gender options for its UK users, which are now available on the social network. The options, to name a few, include "trans female", "trans male", "pangender", "transmasculine" and "two-spirit".

If you're looking to change your gender option on Facebook, go to your 'Profile,' select 'About', navigate to 'Contact and Basic Information' and hit 'Edit.' From here, you'll be able to select an option from Facebook's lengthy list of gender options, as well as select which friends are able to view it.

Facebook UK policy director Simon Milne said, "It's all about Facebook enabling people to be themselves, and making users feel comfortable in how they express themselves and how they talk about the issues that matter to them."

Speaking to The Independent, Milne acknowledged that some might feel "uncomfortable" about the changes, and said that Facebook didn't worry about this too much when making the changes.

"We expect there may well be debate about it and there will be different reactions to it as there are to any progressive changes in society, but we think it's the right thing to do and in tune with the vast majority of people in the UK and how they think," he said.

Professor and Press for Change VP Stephen Whittle added, "By challenging the gender binary, Facebook will finally allow thousands of people to describe themselves as they are now and it will allow future generation of kids to become truly comfortable in their own skins."

While this news likely will be welcomed by Facebook users, some aren't quite so pleased about the news that the social network once manipulated user news feeds as part of a psychology experiment. µ

 

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