Polygamists Demand New Relationship Status on Facebook

Sharing the information about every part of life in social media is a part of life these days or in other words being open about one’s personal relationship is the new normal. A letter by a group of “ethical non-monogamy” practitioners to Facebook’s parent company Meta is approaching to take this new normal to another level. They want their relationship status on Facebook to be represented by an option in the relationship status of their Facebook Profile.


Available Relationship Status Features


Currently Facebook has relationship status for singles and people who are either in a relationship or are married to someone. There is no provision for putting the names of more than one person with whom one is in a relationship with. According to a report by Engadget, “In a letter the Organization for Polyamory and Ethical Non-monogamy (OPEN) sent to the social media giant on Thursday, it said the current design of Facebook’s relationship status feature is “exclusionary” towards people who practice ethical non-monogamy. The group has asked that Meta allow users to tag all their romantic partners.” OPEN said “At best, this restriction perpetuates the erasure and marginalization of non-monogamous relationships; at worst, it harms non-monogamous users by perpetuating social stigmas around the validity and authenticity of their relationships,”


Available Open Relationship status on Facebook


According to The New York Times a spokesperson of the company said, “the company was reviewing the letter and noted that one of the statuses that users can choose on Facebook is “in an open relationship.” The change the petitioners are asking for would allow them to list all of their romantic partners.”

But the “ethical non-monogamy” practitioner are looking forward to get a new option where they can tag their multiple partners. Now it will be very interesting to see if Meta provides the same or makes some interim arrangement.