Facebook relaxes ‘real name policy’

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Posted: Dec 16, 2015 9:27 AM EST
Updated: Dec 16, 2015 9:35 AM EST

(CNN) – Facebook said it will relax its controversial policy of having its user go by their real names on the social media site.

Transgender users and domestic violence victims criticized the policy, saying it puts them at risk for physical harm and discriminates against their identity.

In a statement, Facebook said that while it remains committed to having users go by their real names, it will implement new tools to allow users to explain the “special” circumstances surrounding their name.

Other changes include reducing the number of people who are asked to verify a user’s name.

Previously, the social media giant generally banned accounts of users who go by something other than their legal name.

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