Several people have asked me about circulating claims that Facebook users can now specify any gender designation they want on their profile via a custom gender option. Some have suggested that the claims about a custom gender option might be just a hoax. However, the claims are true. There is indeed such an option.
If you click ‘About’ on your profile page and then click ‘Contact and Basic Info’ you should see the ‘Gender’ listing. Clicking the edit button beside the listing allows you to configure the setting. A drop-down list allows you to choose, ‘Male’, Female’ and ‘Custom’.
If you choose the ‘Custom’ option, you can now add any gender designation that you see fit.
Previously, Facebook provided an extensive gender identity list for you to choose from. But, since an update in February 2015, you can now add your own in a free form field. You can add up to ten gender identity terms in the field. And, you can control who sees the custom gender information.
A post about the option on Facebook’s Diversity Page notes:
We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!