Monday 18 December 2017

Facebook adds new 'blank space' gender identity option for users

Facebook HQ in Dublin
Facebook HQ in Dublin

Press Association

Facebook users who do not fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

A Facebook announcement published online tells users that if they do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, they can add their own.

Facebook software engineer Ari Chivukula, who identifies as transgender and was part of the team that made the free-form option, says the change may lead to more widespread acceptance.

Last February, Facebook expanded gender identity from male and female to a list of dozens of options, including androgyne, gender fluid and transgender. Those choices will all still be available.

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