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Facebook apologises to drag queens for deleting their accounts due to 'fake names'

Facebook has apologised for deleting the accounts of drag queens. Credit: Twitter/ @nbcbayarea

Facebook has had to apologise and refine its policy on what users call themselves after several hundred accounts, many of them belonging to drag queens, were wrongly deleted.

Mentioning two drag queens while clarifying their policy Facebook's Chris Cox said:

Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name. The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that's Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that's Lil Miss Hot Mess. Part of what's been so difficult about this conversation is that we support both of these individuals, and so many others affected by this, completely and utterly in how they use Facebook.

– Facebook statement

Facebook has said that a single user highlighted the accounts as possibly using fake names and the reports were lost in the "several hundred thousand fake name reports" they process a week.