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== Gender and Facebook ==
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Facebook, founded in February 2004, is one of the oldest and largest social media sites. In its early days, it did not require users to provide their gender, and if a user did not specify a gender then they would be referred to by the neutral [[pronouns|pronoun]] "they" rather than "he" or "she". At some point, Facebook began to require users to select "male" or "female" when registering, though it was possible to maintain a neutral status by editing the registration page to create a third option. In February 2014, Facebook added a "custom" option for gender for English-speaking users, which would allow a user to type their gender and be prompted with various options. Users could also specify which pronouns they preferred from a choice of "he", "she", and "they".<ref>"[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=567587973337709 When you come to Facebook to connect...]", Facebook Diversity. February 13th, 2014. Accessed April 10th, 2017.</ref> Facebook did not publish a list of the prompts, but it appears to have been between 50 and 60.<ref>"[http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/02/13/facebook_custom_gender_options_here_are_all_56_custom_options.html Facebook custom gender options: Here are all 56 custom options.]", ''Slate''. February 13th, 2014. Accessed April 10th, 2017.</ref> The list was expanded later that year.<ref>"[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10930654/Facebooks-71-gender-options-come-to-UK-users.html Facebook's 71 gender options come to UK users], ''The Telegraph''. June 27th, 2014. Accessed April 10th, 2017.</ref> The list of genders, as best as it is known, is as follows:
 
: '''Neutral and third genders and sexes:''' [[gender neutral]], [[hermaphrodite]], [[intersex]] person, [[polygender]], two* person, [[two-spirit]] person, [[agender]], [[androgyne]], androgynes, [[androgynous]], [[bigender]], [[genderfluid]], [[gender nonconforming]], gender variant, [[genderqueer]], [[intersex]], neither, [[neutrois]], [[nonbinary]], [[other]], [[pangender]], [[two-spirit]].
: '''Terms which are not genders:''' [[asexual]], cis, [[cisgender]], trans, trans person, trans* person, gender [[questioning]].
 
As of 2020, Facebook does not use this system. Users now choose from "Female", "Male", and "Custom", the last of which opens a freeform text field.
 
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