Polygamists have been trying to find Fb for 15 years

Being able to post someone’s connection status on your profile is one of Facebook’s oldest features, with an official Facebook connection or an official one on Facebook even becoming a turning point for some people. But obviously, from its inception, this feature of Facebook has been discriminatory towards polygamists.

Indeed, if it is possible for a monogamous person on a social network to indicate their love situation by identifying a partner, a polygamous person will not be able to do so by identifying their partners.

For the NGO OPEN, mentioning a “free union” is not enough

And in the United States, the NGO Organization for Polyamory and Ethical Non-Monogamy (OPEN) or the Organization for Polyamory and Ethical Non-Monogamy is officially asking Facebook to fix this. He published a letter addressed to the manager of the Facebook application, Tom Alison.

In this letter, OPEN explains that the design of Facebook’s “relationship” function prevents many users from having the connections that matter most to them. For NGOs, non-monogamous people “Are arbitrarily prevented from expressing the full range of their relationships on the Facebook app. »

“Given the growing prevalence of ethical non-monogamy, we believe that restricting users from stating only one link status on their profile is arbitrary, exclusive, and contrary to Meta’s core values. At best, this restriction perpetuates the erasure and marginalization of nonmonogamous relationships; in the worst case, it harms non-monogamous users by maintaining the social stigma surrounding the validity and authenticity of their relationships. ”we also read about this letter published by OPEN.

Facebook is certainly losing momentum (a few months ago, the social network recorded a decline in the number of users, which led to a decline in the stock market). But according to the NGO, ethical non-monogamy is practiced by 4 to 5% of the American population. And one in five adults has practiced consensual non-monogamy at some point in their lives.

The NGO OPEN also mentions a study that shows that 43% of those who practice ethical non-monogamy experience discrimination. And the same study would suggest that stigma can be reduced by recognizing people’s choices.

“All users of the Facebook application should have the right to list all their romantic and intimate partners, without restrictions. Therefore, we ask Meta to take the next step to facilitate inclusive login to the Facebook application by removing the limit of one “connection status” on profiles »conclude from NGOs.

Meta has already responded to this letter. A representative of the social network, as quoted by the New York Times, pointed out that the group is investigating this, and reminds that on Facebook, users already have the opportunity to indicate that they are in a free community.

What OPEN requires is that users can mention people they have a connection to on their profiles.

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