“Oh, wow, so now any potential employers will be able to see my sexual orientation, listed kinks, whether or not I’m polyamorous, and my beliefs about things like abortion — stuff they’re not legally allowed to ask me about in the interview process, but which can definitely affect whether or not I get hired,” wrote a commenter named Genevra Littlejohn.
Reading through hundreds of comments, I could not find a single one in favor of OkCupid’s new policy. Reactions on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere were also overwhelmingly negative.
In an emailed statement, the company rapidly backpedaled, while pretending that it had not:
We have stated that in order to qualify as a name it just has to be two letters minimum, no numbers or symbols … It’s important to clarify that this does not need to be your real/legal name, it can be any name that you want someone to call you.
Many OkCupid users don’t seem to have been satisfied with the partial walkback. The site’s Android and iPhone apps are still being deluged with negative reviews.
“They ban accounts based on false accusations since they want to make a safe space for the person who made up an accusation against you,” wrote one Android user. “They made tons of unpopular changes this year. Their membership is rapidly dwindling.”
The iPhone crowd has been no less unkind.
“I’ve been a paying okcupid user since before the iPhone was a glimmer in Steve Jobs’ eye, and I deleted my profile and this app so quickly it nearly left marks on my phone,” wrote one user. “And I’m in the privileged position of working in an industry where having my profile discovered by coworkers would merely be mildly embarrassing: if your sex life requires more discretion than that, this app is now an active danger to you. Avoid at all costs.”