Rolling Stone will reportedly apologize for and remove on Sunday night its controversial article about gang rape on the University of Virginia campus. Published late last year, the story brought nationwide attention to issues of sexual assault at universities but was later widely discredited.
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter said in an episode of Reliable Sources that the magazine was preparing to remove “A Rape on Campus,” and replace it on Sunday night with an investigative report into the story by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia concluded in its review that there was a “systemic failure” at Rolling Stone, according to Stelter. Read more…
At the time, I argued that the biggest problem with Facebook’s policy is that it focuses too much on users’ legal names and not enough on the identities they’ve chosen for themselves:
The backlash against this policy shows just how foolish a “real name” requirement for joining a social network really is. Besides its supposed commitment to discourage bullying and its need to give advertisers as much data as possible, Facebook has no reason to require that its users go by the name on their driver’s license instead of the one with which they’ve identified for years.
Facebook later apologized for the episode, with chief product officer Chris Cox writing that “the spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life,” regardless of whether or not that name is what’s printed on their birth certificates.
Yet now the company is giving Native Americans flack over names that are on their legal documents and with which they identify in everyday life. It’s hard to see how that meshes with Cox’s apology, and once again makes it seem like the real-name policy is a bad idea.