22nd September 2014
Update: ‘Real Name Police’ Twitter account targeting drag artists gets suspended
6:04 PM — A Twitter account named the 'Real Name Police' which targeted drag performers on Facebook, calling on followers to report accounts to the social networking site which do not use legal names, has now been suspended.
‘Real Name Police’ targets ‘pervert’ drag performers on Facebook
5:51 PM — A Twitter account named the 'Real Name Police' has targeted drag performers on Facebook, calling on followers to report accounts to the social networking site which do not use legal names.
18th September 2014
Facebook rebuffs drag performers over ‘real name’ crackdown 4
12:04 PM — Despite refusing to change its policy on "real names", Facebook has agreed to temporarily reinstate some drag performers' profiles.
15th September 2014
US: Facebook agrees to meet with drag performers about “real name” policy 4
10:35 PM — Supervisors at Facebook have come to a brief cease-fire with drag performers, agreeing to meet with a handful to discuss their policy requiring users to use legal names on profiles.
13th September 2014
San Francisco supervisor backs drag queens over Facebook ‘stage name’ bans 1
3:39 PM — A San Francisco supervisor has called on Facebook to meet with drag artists who are protesting the website's ban on stage names.
12th September 2014
Drag queens condemn Facebook for ‘real name’ crackdown 13
6:56 PM — Facebook has been condemned by a number of drag queens for banning users who don't use their real name on their profiles.
1st September 2014
Study: Seeing homophobia on Facebook ‘hurts mental wellbeing’ 9
3:05 PM — A study has found that being exposed to homophobic Facebook comments has a negative impact on people's mental wellbeing.
Wind farm boss apologises after saying Stephen Gately ‘had it coming’ 38
11:23 AM — A renewable energy company boss has been forced to apologise after posting a series of homophobic comments on social media.
29th August 2014
Facebook introduces gender-neutral family options 4
4:18 PM — Facebook has begun to roll out options for gender-neutral family relationships.
19th August 2014
Police officers investigated for anti-gay or racist social media posts 14
3:14 PM — Hundreds of police officers and civilian staff have been investigated for homophobic, racist and threatening messages on social media, research shows.
15th August 2014
Facebook donated $10,000 to Republican fighting same-sex marriage 22
12:11 PM — Facebook has made a $10,000 donation to Utah Republican Sean Reyes, who is currently fighting against same-sex marriage in court.
9th August 2014
Christian wedding boutique refuses dresses for lesbian couple 22
11:14 AM — A Christian wedding boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, has found itself amid a controversy for refusing to serve a lesbian couple.
5th August 2014
Australia: School chaplain apologises for claiming homosexuality is ‘not normal’ in Facebook post 4
4:33 PM — A chaplain at a Tasmanian school has apologised, after claiming homosexuality is "not normal" on Facebook.
Nando’s worker: ‘I despise gay bastards wearing hot pants’ 72
11:17 AM — Nando's has suspended a male member of staff for posting homophobic comments on Facebook.
2nd August 2014
UK: Man fined £280 after calling for gays to be ‘slaughtered’ on Facebook
12:29 PM — A man has been handed a £280 fine by a court, after leaving messages on a newspaper's Facebook page calling for gays to be "slaughtered".
31st July 2014
US: Former Facebook President is donating to anti-gay Republicans 11
10:08 PM — Multi-billionaire Sean Parker, best known for creating the music service Napster and being Facebook's first president, is donating an average of six figures to anti-gay Republican candidates.
26th July 2014
US: National Organisation for Marriage most popular in Ethiopia 15
5:51 PM — The Facebook page for the National Organisation for Marriage is more popular with Ethiopians than Americans.
2nd July 2014
Instagram apologises for removing ‘inappropriate’ picture of men kissing on their wedding day 6
11:28 AM — Photo sharing site Instagram has apologised for removing a picture of two men kissing on their wedding day, after it was flagged as "inappropriate".
27th June 2014
Facebook introduces trans-friendly gender options in UK 2
12:12 PM — Facebook has introduced custom gender options in the UK, no longer forcing people to choose between just 'male' and ‘female'.
23rd June 2014
Opera Australia drops singer over anti-gay ‘faecal masses’ Facebook rant 55
12:15 PM — Opera Australia has confirmed it has released a singer from her contract, over a violent anti-gay rant posted on her Facebook page labelling gay people "faecal masses".