Is Facebook homophobic?
The social networking site, Facebook.blog, is being accused of homophobia as members are being rejected if they use the word "gay" in their profile.
According to the LGBT networking website, GenerationQ.net, Facebook is denying members who identify themselves as gay and even those whose name happens to contain the word gay.
It's been revealed that the popular website - which boasts it has more than 30 million members from around the world - does not allow people with the common Anglo Saxon surname Gay to join, assuming it is not a legitimate name.
After a story in New Zealand's Dominion Post about 30-year-old Rowena Gay, who was denied entry to site because of her last name, smh.blog.au undertook a test and found a person with the last name Gay was indeed not allowed to join.
"Please enter a legitimate name,'' the website stated during our attempt. And while the website refused Gay, it had no problem allowing you to join with the last name Hitler.
You won't have that problem on GenQ.
When I called Facebook.blog for comment, the receptionist told me if you do not have a "direct contact" in their media relations department then you can't speak with one of their media reps.
She did, however, transfer me to their "hotline," but my call hasn't been returned. I hope they know it's safe to call me back. You can't catch "gay" over the phone!