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Facebook meets with drag queens, refuses to change real-name policy. Radisson sees social media explosion after dropping Vikings. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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NewFacebookLogoFacebook to Address Real-Name Policy’s Effects on Drag Queens, LGBT Community (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s enforcement of its real-name policy has put it at odds with a community that it has a strong history of supporting, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, as drag queens who use names that are not their legal names are being forced to change the names on their accounts on the social network. The social network provided the following statement to Mashable: “If people want to use an alternative name on Facebook, they have several different options available to them, including providing an alias under their name on their profile, or creating a page specifically for that alternative persona. As part of our overall standards, we ask that people who use Facebook provide their real name on their profile.” CBS SF Bay Area Facebook met with leaders of San Francisco’s transgender community in City Hall amid a crackdown on users who use their stage names on the site. After the meeting, the company agreed to bring back the accounts for two weeks. San Francisco Bay Guardian “We were glad they were willing to listen to us,” Lil Miss Hot Mess wrote in a Facebook post about the negotiations, which she attended. But she was “disappointed that [Facebook] reps weren’t willing to agree that this ‘real name’ policy is *flawed* or agree to a timeline to discuss solutions.” As Heklina added shortly after, “they firmly gave us a vague commitment to meet again.” ABC 7 News Even though drag queens started this protest, they say they made it clear to Facebook they aren’t the only ones with safety and privacy concerns. “We talked about abused women, bullied teens, a million reason for having fake names,” said drag queen Roma. Quartz To Facebook’s credit, a “real name” policy can help to reduce trolling and cyberbullying, since users are often disinhibited when protected by a veil of perceived anonymity. However, as Google noted in July, after reversing its three-year name policy on Google+, such a policy can lead to “unnecessarily difficult experiences” for some users.

Radisson’s Social Branding Went Through the Roof After Dropping the Vikings (Adweek)
On Tuesday alone, according to Amobee Brand Intelligence, Radisson received enough social, Web and mobile impressions to account for 58 percent of its total online consumption (impressions plus mentions) for the last three months. If the Foster City, Calif.-based data provider’s analytics held true for the rest of Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 accounted for 81 percent of the brand’s total online consumption for the summer.

Small Businesses Spend More on Social Than Any Other Media (Ad Age)
Social has become the top media platform for small and medium businesses when it comes to usage and spending, according to a new report from research firm BIA/Kelsey. The report found that 74.5 percent of small and medium businesses — defined as those with fewer than 100 employees — now use social media to advertise or promote their businesses. This is up from 71.7 percent last year.

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Zynga Calls on Vets from Film and Games to Replenish its Leadership Bench (VentureBeat)
Two senior game designers have left social gaming publisher Zynga, but the mobile and social game publisher has hired a number of people in an ongoing effort to help improve its hit-making capacity. Tim LeTourneau and Steve Parkis, senior vice presidents of games, have left the company.

Twitter Fixes Serious Flaw That Allowed Unauthorized Deletion of User Credit Card Info (AllTwitter)
Earlier this month Twitter launched a HackerOne initiative that rewarded security experts for correctly identifying serious bugs on the platform. The program pays out a minimum of $140 for any qualifying vulnerability, with no maximum reward – indeed, the bounty is scaled against the severity of the flaw. This week Twitter has patched a hole that would have allowed a hacker to openly delete any number of account credit cards used for ad payments on Twitter, potentially costing the company millions in revenue. Accordingly, Twitter has paid out $2,800 to the security research firm who exposed the bug, a record bounty for the company.

Social Network for Rich People Costs $9,000 to Join (CNET)
Netropolitan is the social meeting place online reserved for people rich enough to join. Not only do you have to be wealthy when you join Netropolitan, you have to stay wealthy to continue using it. The first-year fees break down into $6,000 to join, with an additional $3,000 fee that renews annually to allow you continued access.

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Netflix Releases Trailer for New Documentary ‘E-Team’ (LostRemote)
The first trailer for Netflix’s original documentary “E-Team” is out showing an intense journey by human rights workers deep into Syria. The trailer shows the workers smuggling themselves into Syria and uncovering a myriad of human rights violations.

Yelp, TinyCo Settle FTC Charges They Improperly Collected Kids’ Info (Re/code)
Yelp and children’s mobile app developer TinyCo settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it improperly gathered information from children, the government announced Wednesday. Yelp paid $450,000 to settle the complaint, while TinyCo paid a $300,000 penalty.

Internet Users Have No Idea How to Protect Their Privacy Online (SocialTimes)
The desire for privacy and the active measures users take to maintain their privacy are often at odds. Cybersecurity software company Trend Micro commissioned a survey of 2,029 users that demonstrates just how different users desires can be from their actions.

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